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Height of Letharginess

Date: Sun, 04 May 2008 23:41:38 -0000 To: From: Jawaharlal (Jawaharlal_T@banknet...> Subject: Height of Letharginess Baba "Cirsa'thii tumi lukiye keno, sumukhe eso..." (P.S. 3835) Purport: Baba, by Your grace You have filled this entire universe with Your grandeur and beauty. You have done everything. You have made the flowers blossom, and You have given them colour. And with the sweet aroma of those flowers You are showering Your charming smile. Baba, You have created such a blissful environment. Baba, since the dawn of my life*, You have been with me and You will remain with me up to eternity. You are my eternal Companion. O' Cirsa'thii, O' Eternal Friend, You are my dearest One. Baba, why are You hiding Yourself from me. Please do not hide. Please reveal Yourself fully; please bless me by coming directly in front of me, face to face. Baba, please grace me by giving me Your divine darshan. Baba, You are the Lord of effulgence. You have removed all the blackness from my mind and freed me of all my negative samskaras and sinful deeds. Baba, You are so magnificent; You are showering me with whatever are the best things that exist in this vast universe: Divinity. Baba, by Your grace You have transformed my entire existence by showering Your divine effulgence. Now in the deep core of my heart I realise that You love me so much. Baba You are my everything. O' my dearmost, in this universe time goes on and on merely like a mirage or a dream. This entire world is a moving panorama and a passing show where created beings, animate & inanimate objects, flora & fauna, and everything that I know just disappears and gets lost in the deep, unknown oblivion. Everything vanishes into the infinite cosmos. This is the way the universe moves; it is all changing, transitory. Baba, in this relative world, only You are permanent. With love and with the divine songs You go on floating, radiating, and showering Your causeless grace-- up to eternity. Baba, You are always ever-present. You are the ultimate Goal. Baba, without Your grace nothing can happen. Baba, Your grace is everything... *Dawn of Life: Usually people think that the period from birth to death is the entire span of one's life. And, certainly in the purely mundane sense this is true. However, if we look at the greater reality, one's present life is but a part life which actually started thousands and thousands of years back, crossing from one life to another life. And now one has reached up to this present human form. And when they leave this human body, they may or may not reach the final destination or culminating point. Until created beings get their permanent shelter at the lotus feet of Parama Purusa, they will continue their movement: Adding one life onto another life-- into a chain of lives. So this present human life is just a part life. And one's full life starts from the beginning of saincara and culminates when the unit consciousness merges back into Cosmic Consciousness. That is the full life. This entire process and eternal truth Baba has explained well in numerous discourses. Furthermore, throughout this entire journey, Parama Purusa is with us from the dawn of one's life up to the dusk of one's existence. From beginning to end, this entire chain of lives may be several hundred thousands of years-- yet all the while He is with us.
Namaskar, We all know our AM books contain eternal truths and that these publications should be proper in presentation; everyone is also aware that Baba's Sanskrit shlokas form the foundation of His discourses; plus it is well understood that Ananda Margiis are anxious and excited to purchase Baba's books. Thus, it all adds up to a wonderful combination. Except for the fact that our Publications Dept is not up to the mark, or so it seems. Here we are not talking about mistakes of a very fine order, but rather fundamental & gross errors & inconsistencies that are easily verifiable and not at all difficult to catch. Yet time and again such simple things & basic mess-ups slip through the fingers of those sitting at the desks in our Publications office(s). That is why many are saying that the problems in our Publications Dept stem from sheer letharginess, or even disinterest. Read the following and decide for yourself.
The Sanskrit shlokas in AM discourses are of great significance. Let us not forget that the whole of Ananda Sutram-- our philosophical treatise-- is exclusively a collection of shlokas along with their purports. Plus, innumerable discourses begin with a shloka, and the entire discourse aims at nothing more than the true and proper explanation of that shloka. This is Baba's formula in so many of His discourses. Thus, the Sanskrit shlokas presented in our books form the very backbone of AM ideology. Further proof of this is that many of the shlokas are repeated numerous times in various discourses. All this goes to show the great importance and deep significance of these shlokas. They are not just a novelty, or just some showpiece that people put in their living room for others to see & marvel at. While the owners of that house themselves know nothing about it. That is not the case with our Sanskrit shlokas. They are meaningful and we are expected to exercise a certain command of their significance etc. Otherwise, how are we going to be able to understand AM ideology. Tragically, most often, our Publications crew does just a lousy job in printing these sacred shlokas.
The shloka-- Na'nya pantha vidyate ayana'ya-- is a widely used line in AM philosophy. Baba uses it in several discourses, and the basic meaning is 'There is no other way'. And the etymological breakdown is as follows:
Na' = 'not'; anya = 'other'; pantha = 'path'; vidyate = 'is' or 'exists'; ayana'ya = 'course'.
Taken in its entirety it is:
Na'nya pantha vidyate ayana'ya
Again the meaning is, 'there is no other way'. As in the path of AM is the proper avenue. Or Baba may use this phrase to emphasize any of the pillars of AM thought, or when giving a directive that He wants all to follow. In all these contexts, it means 'There is no other way'. Thus the shloka is quite straight forward and highly significant.
The main problem arises because the shloka is printed incorrectly and differently in so many of our books. Sometimes it is wrongly written as:
Nánya panthá vidyate yanáya. (AMIWL-11, 'To Know Him Is to Be Free from All Fetters')
This above version is arguably the most confusing since it not only misspells the last word of the shloka, but it separates and begins that last word with the wrong letter. In other instances the shloka is wrongly written as:
Nányah panthá vidyateyanáya. (AMIWL-7, 'The Highest Category of Devotion')
Here again they misspelled the last word which should be ayana'ya, but they switched the letters and seemingly combined the 'y' with the previous term. This faulty method is used in various printed discourses like, (a) AV-2,'Soliloquy of the Supreme'; (b) APH-4, 'Bhakti and Krpa'; (c) AMIWL-6, 'The Only Way to Salvation'; etc. (Note: AMIWL refers to the series of books, 'Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life) Then there are other wrong versions where a random 'h' appears, or some other flaw occurs. Thus there are numerous faulty versions which makes it all quite confusing to the reader. And this is not some abstruse or difficult thing to manage. Because this shloka has been used for centuries in various ancient Tantric texts. So it is not that this is the first time in the human history that the shloka has been given. No doubt Baba's explanation and application is unique, but the shloka itself has been around for thousands of years. Yet our Publications Dept seems more inclined to print it any type of wrong way, rather than make it proper.
The scene becomes almost laughable because finally in one discourse they got the shloka properly presented-- yet in that very same discourse they wrote it incorrectly also. Thereby adding to the confusion. In the discourse, 'The Only Way to Salvation', printed in AMIWL part 6, they printed the shloka twice. The first time they printed the shloka in one of their adopted wrongful ways... ...and then finally at the end of the same discourse, the shloka is printed in the proper manner. But by that point, who can know what is correct. Let us also give credit where credit is due: In the discourse, 'Ekendriya-8' from Ananda Marga Philosophy Nutshell-6, the shloka appears once and is correctly written.
All in all it is just mind boggling how many different and incorrect ways those Publishers are making Baba's books. That is why many are telling that they are just doing 'a lousy job'. Unfortunately there is no other way to phrase it than that. And since that same Publications Dept is utterly unwilling to release and share Baba's original audio cassettes etc, then we have no other option but to analyse and critique their work. Since without the cassettes, general margiis and field workers are unable to transcribe Baba's original discourses. Thus until, Publications wishes to take help from margiis by making all of Baba's cassettes available, then they must bear the burden and take full responsibility for their errors. Because again, the bulk of these errors are fully preventable. But since Publications Dept knows that margiis are excited to purchase Baba's books-- it is a guaranteed sale as there is an active market-- then those in Publications just make the book in a sloppy way since they know it is going to be sold. This is their lazy way of living. And in that condition, who wants to share our AM Books with others. Because in their present state, there are just to many inconsistencies to stand up to the evaluation of others. So we must fix the problem.
With regards to the wrongful printing of shlokas, perhaps the he easiest and most efficient solution is this. In Ananda Marga ideology, the number of shlokas is finite. There are a few hundred in total. And practically speaking, there are only several dozen which are quite common and appear again and again in various discourses. Then just as every computer has a spell check function to ensure the words, 'devotion', 'determination', 'love', and 'desire' are always spelled in a uniform manner. Similarly, each of our Sanskrit shlokas should have a standard way of being printed-- one which is agreed upon as being correct. And then whenever that shloka is used, it should be published using that standard format. In this computer age, this is not at all difficult to do. But if one is lazy, then it may seem utterly impossible. The thing is wherever humans are involved in work, then mistakes will be made. Our goal is not to punish those who make mistakes, but rather to develop a system wherein mistakes are minimised and ultimately eliminated. That should be our approach with our AM Publications Dept and everyone is responsible for steering things in the right direction.
As Ananda Margiis, our duty is to properly present Baba's ideas to the humanity. In our lifestyle we must exemplify those ideals and our AM books must accurately reflect Baba's original discourse. So when any member of our Marga errs, especially one who is holding a post and taking a leading role, then we must first see if it is a random error or a systemic one. Was it accidental or intentional. Was it preventable or not. And we should address the matter appropriately. Even if someone is doing work without a malicious thought in mind, still those errors should be considered intentional if they consistently approach their tasks in a lazy or sloppy manner. All things considered, if we ourselves do not find and point out the mistakes in our AM publications, then when we share those books with others, certainly they will find those mistakes. In which case they will think that either our ideas or wrong or that we do not care-- both of which are not true. So we should all take a concerted effort to ensure all our AM publications are proper, because right now those sitting in the chair are not up to the task-- either due to letharginess or some other reason that is best known to them. And those in Publications should think: Either should either give up their job entirely and allow more competent people to sit in their chairs, or they should freely distribute the original discourse cassettes so all margiis can help with the transcription, or those in Publications must leave their ego aside and be ready to hear about the gross inconsistencies in our AM books. One or more of these approaches must be taken.
By Baba's grace, He has blessed us with a perfect ideology-- of which the shlokas are an integral component. We must not then tolerate ongoing mistakes and inconsistencies by Publications in the presentation of these shlokas. This is not what Baba wants. By His grace we will be successful in satisfying His wish. Baba says, "The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be totally flawless." (NSS, Disc: 14) Namaskar, Jawaharlal
******************************************** Honey is Eye-Medicine
Baba says, "Floral nectar can be collected from lotus and is very good for all kinds of eye diseases, including retinal detachment...To extract the honey, you have to employ the same method as doctors use to extract blood. This is because many ants and insects feed on the honey. A syringe can extract it without getting clogged up." (PNS-16, p. 33-34)

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