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Blind Attachment & Controlling...

To: AM-GLOBAL From: "Phoenix Chapman" Date: Sat, 03 May 2008 22:25:48 -0700 Subject: Blind Attachment & Controlling... Baba "Keu a'lokei mishe ja'y, keu ha'ra'y va' a'ndha're..." (1278) Purport: Baba, Your divine creation is very colorful. All kinds of people are there. Some get human life, do sadhana, and ultimately become one with divinity. And some people do various misdeeds and move along the path of negative pratisaincara until finally they get lost in oblivion-- cimmerian darkness. Some want only You; while others do not want You, instead they want some boon or some gift from You. So this world is colorful. Baba, some are rushing towards the allurements of glittering objects, shining stars, or superficial worldly attractions. And some are absorbed in crying over their old outdated memories, deserted flower gardens, and skeletons of the past. In that way they waste their time. While those who are great devotees have accepted You as the Supreme quintessence and they want only You. Some are busy in intellectualizing about Your karuna and grace-- and they never get the real sweetness. Just they are jinanis involved in their own extravaganza. And some are dancing in the joy and happiness. Such devotees cannot be satiated by anything except You. You are everything for them. Those who surrendered at Your lotus feet they are the ones who pass their whole life dancing in the ecstasy of Your divine love. Baba, Your entire creation has so many types of people and various colours. Only the life of the devotee is filled with happiness and bliss...
Namaskar, A modern man of this scientific age travels across the world to attend a mela in Varanasi in hopes of getting salvation. A young mother drowns her two children in order to entice her lover. Some of our esteemed Dadas murder one of their fellow avadhutas. A young professional sleeps with his best-friend's wife. A multi-millionaire is unwilling to help his elderly mother purchase a simple lamp to place by her bed. An AM sannyasi does all sorts of shenanigans to gain the post of SS. A teen-age boy kills his own father for taking away his computer. A Bhukti Pradhan forbids certain innocent margiis from attending dharmacakra and calls the police on them. A schoolteacher molests one of her young, tender students. A retired, university-educated man laments how the world has gone to hell and that things were better in his day when women and blacks were not allowed to vote. All these things & more happen each and every day around the world-- both inside and outside of our AM.
Why do such things occur? As Baba tells us, a person's sense of right and wrong gets tainted, clouded, or becomes totally lost due to their blind attachment for a particular (a) land, (b) era, (c) person, or (d) idea. So many aches and pains, so many tears and sorrows, so many heartaches and fights result from these types of blind attachment. As we know, this tendency of mind, this mental vrtti, this blind attachment is termed 'moha' in Sanskrit. And Baba says, of all the bondages and fetters, this 'moha' vrtii is the worst type of attachment. Baba says, "Of all bonds, the bond of duty is the strongest, and the bond of moha [blind attachment or infatuation] is the worst. Humanity will have to break the bonds of moha and increase the bonds of duty willingly and consciously. This is the law." (NKS: Disc 13)
As human beings, one of our greatest gifts-- one of our most precious treasures-- is our rational mind, our sense of vivek, our logic and reasoning. For it is this aspect of our intellect that enables us to decipher what to do and what not to do in this world. If nothing else, our aim should be to always keep the mind in a balanced state-- not swayed in any direction-- so that our sense of rationality remains pristine and pure. Then and only then will we be truly able to serve humanity and follow Baba. Unfortunately, day in and day out, this 'moha' vrtii affects our judgment and we act in ways that are unbecoming of a human being, of an Ananda Margii. To some or more degree it happens to everyone, because this moha vrtti is extremely difficult to control. Some vrttis are easier to manage, but the 'moha' vrtti is quite tough.
As already noted above, according to Baba, the 'moha' vrtti, or blind attachment, takes hold of us in one of four ways. (1) BLIND ATTACHMENT TO PLACE / DESHAGATA MOHA: A person becomes attached to a particular place or land and this leads them to declare that place as holy, or bar others from entering their land, or so many things can happen. Each and every day blood spills in the Middle East due to this type of blind attachment. And in our Marga, also due to this deshagat moha vrtti, some have declared the dogmatic program of mahaprayan to be something sacred-- all because they want to glorify Kolkata. Thus due to their blind attachment for a particular land, i.e. deshagata moha, people lose their sense of rationality and do all kinds of senseless things. If they were to see others doing these same things they would condemn that person. But when they themselves do such actions it is justified in their own minds. That is what happens when one suffers from any type of blind attachment. (2) BLIND ATTACHMENT TO TIME / KA'LAGATA MOHA: Many people become attached to a particular span of time or a specific era. When thinking about that period they lose their sense of logic and reasoning and they just glorify each and every aspect of that era. For example, one might say that, 'During the days of the British empire, everyone always had a full plate to eat every evening', or one might say, 'Back when I was in high school, everyone scored 100% on all the tests'. These are examples of illogical and false statements that people make because they are infatuated with a particular span of time. For that reason they totally lose their sense of rationality and vivek. When evaluating another span of time they may have all their cognitive faculties in tact, but if they are attached to the era of the British raj or their own high school career, then when speaking about those eras, their entire sense of discrimination is gone. For example, someone in a particular group might declare that in the days when Sarvatmananda was in power, then everything in our Marga was perfect and no one was expelled and no AM book was distorted. Certain people may speak in this ridiculous & false manner. All because they are blindly attached to that particular time when their favoured group was at the helm.
The blind attachment for a particular person is quite common all around the globe. Most often it presents itself as lustful desires. For example, when anyone is infatuated with a member of the opposite sex, then they may think that even that person's crude mannerisms are sweet and joyful. Or one might even excuse being beaten or cheated by that person because they are so sexually allured with that individual. This happens both in and out of AM. Due to sexual lust, people lose their rationality. For crude sex, various AM sannyasis have blatantly gone against their oath to Baba. Then of course, this vrtti can express in other ways also. Army soldiers may commit heinous crimes because of their attachment to their commander who has given them the crude order. Basically, this aspect of moha vrtti results whenever someone loses their sense of judgment due to their blind attachment for a particular person. It is a common occurrence. (4) BLIND ATTACHMENT TO IDEA / A'DHA'RAGATA MOHA The attachment to idea is broader in scope. A Dada may be attached to the idea of holding a particular post; a schoolboy may be attached to the idea of having an internet connection in his room; a businessman may be attached to the idea that he should be the wealthiest landowner in the area; a woman may be attached to the idea that all men must be attracted to her etc. Then in order to satisfy that blind attachment: A Dada will knowingly go against the tenets of neo-humanism to get that post at any cost; or a schoolboy might steal money out of his mother's purse to install an internet connection in his room; or a businessman might strong-arm poor families in order to capture their property; or a woman may walk around town half-naked in order to get all the men to stare at her. In sum, whatever idea one may blindly harbor-- whatever a'dha'ragata moha one may suffer from-- then one will do all kinds of crude or mean-minded acts in order to fulfill their desire. And verily Baba outlines all of the above quite clearly in one of His discourses-- and the relevant section of that very discourse has been appended below in the note following the signature.
Now that we know and can easily recognise how this moha vrtti freezes our human intellect and causes people to act in irrational ways on a daily basis, then it becomes all the more urgent to overcome this negative tendency of mind-- to free oneself from any and all blind attachments. Here let us go directly to Baba's words for the answer. Baba says, "The only way to free oneself from the clutches of infatuation is to superimpose the ideation of indifference and divert one’s mental thoughts towards Parama Purus'a. It may be possible to control this propensity of wild fascination temporarily by intimidation or by enacting laws, but only temporarily. Those who believe in the equal distribution of the world’s wealth, naively underestimate the power of moha vrtti. The human mind can be sublimated only by spiritual ideation, not by any high-sounding philosophy. This utopian idea has proved ineffective in the past and in the present and will continue to prove so in the future." (APH-8) Thus as Baba guides us, the only way to overcome the moha vrtti is to be very sincere in sadhana and spiritual practices. Because only when the mind is pointed on Parama Purusa will one forget about their blind attachments. So sadhana alone is the answer. Unfortunately, in the name of sadhana, sometimes people just succumb to thinking about their blind attachments when sitting for meditation. When practicing their so-called shuddhis, they may be thinking about the girl they want to marry, or the job they want to get, or the money they want to accumulate, or whatever their blind attachment may be. In that case, their blind attachment only binds them further. That is why Baba warns us so severely about moha. Because it is the toughest vrtti to overcome as it takes over one's entire mental plate and robs a person of their vivek & rational thinking. Sometimes, as Baba points out, people try to overcome moha through mandates, laws, and regulations. One camp may declare, 'That no group should fight over the post', or 'No innocent margii should be expelled , or 'BP rights should be upheld' etc, but all such declarations just blow away in the wind. Because rules alone cannot help one to overcome their own blind attachment for power and control. As Baba rightly says, only ideation on Parama Purusa is the answer. That is the only cure from freeing oneself from any blind attachment.
By Baba's grace we will get success in life and not fall prey to any blind attachment. As prevalent and as strong as the moha vrtti may be, due to His cosmic pull, we will not get trapped or blinded by any crude desire, and instead we will march bravely and benevolently towards Him. Baba says, "The very wont of the microcosms is to attain liberation by snapping all their fetters. The only way to do that is to come within the shelter of Parama Purus'a. There is no other way – Na'nya pantha' vidyate yana'ya." (AMIWL-11) Namaskar, Phanindra
Here below is Baba's original passage about blind attachment, or moha vrtti. The below is an excerpt from His discourse, 'The Acoustic Roots of the Indo-Aryan Alphabet'. Baba says, "Na is the acoustic root of moha vrtti [blind attachment or infatuation]. This propensity of blind attachment is usually divided into the four categories of time, space, idea and individuality. When one loses one’s rationality out of blind attachment for one’s country, it is called deshagata moha, “geo-sentiment”. People who live in a country where not even a blade of grass grows, where people die of starvation, and which imports huge quantities of food grains from other countries, become so infatuated with their country that they say it has an abundance of water, has a bountiful fruit harvest, and is a net exporter of food to other countries." "Ka'lagata moha is blind attachment for a particular period of time. One becomes so attached to a certain period of time that one is unable to discern its positive or negative aspects. Some people complain that the behaviour of the present generation of children is disappointing. They say that when they were young they could easily digest iron pans, but the present generation has trouble digesting even water! They lament the great misfortune that has befallen the present age." "When a particular idea has a strong impact on mind, the mind rushes towards it again and again. Thieves, in the shock of the moment, always make a quick getaway from the scene of the crime. Later, however, they brood repeatedly about the place, and often return, straight into the hands of the police! A person who uses an object for a long time develops a fascination for that object. This is called a'dha'ragata moha [fascination for an object]. There are many rich people who have a strange weakness for some old, battered object such as a rickety chair with one arm broken off. I know a story about how a pretty pot made of bell-metal was the cause of a bitter quarrel among the daughters-in-law of a certain family, so bitter that it led to the eventual break-up of the family. Na is the acoustic root of moha vrtti." "The only way to free oneself from the clutches of infatuation is to superimpose the ideation of indifference and divert one’s mental thoughts towards Parama Purus'a. It may be possible to control this propensity of wild fascination temporarily by intimidation or by enacting laws, but only temporarily. Those who believe in the equal distribution of the world’s wealth, naively underestimate the power of moha vrtti. The human mind can be sublimated only by spiritual ideation, not by any high-sounding philosophy. This utopian idea has proved ineffective in the past and in the present and will continue to prove so in the future." (APH-8)

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