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Proof of Distortion in New Book: AV 11-12

Date: 09 Aug 2008 23:33:42 -0000 From: "Pramod Dev" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Proof of Distortion in New Book: AV 11-12 BABA "Tumi bha'lo ba'so yadi, eso..." (P.S. 792) Purport: Baba, You are the most loving One. But I have hardly any devotion; that is why sometimes I feel that You do not love me. Baba, when You love me so much then please come close. Baba, if You are going to judge me by my virtue and vice and based on that You will decide whether I am qualified or not, then I do not have any hope because I only possess negative things. I do not have any good qualities or virtues in my life. So without considering my virtue and vice-- good or bad things-- please come. Baba, the garden of my life is filled with thorns. There is not a single flower; but, innumerable buds are there. So when You will come then those buds will surely bloom, otherwise not-- they will wither away. But on those flowers which do bloom, then there You will remain seated. Baba, please sit on those newly blossomed flowers. Baba, in my heart neither I have any song nor I have longing to sing the song. The pollen of my prana has dried up and is floating in the air. All this happens because You are remaining distant. When I will get the blessing of Your touch then my whole existence will be vibrated. And all the negative things will turn into positive ones. And by that way I will be able to serve You. Baba, without seeing my virtue and vice please come...
Namaskar, The highly touted, latest edition of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 11-12 (2008) has hit the streets with much fanfare; unfortunately the book is riddled with scriptural distortions. This letter (a) contains an important Baba story on keeping the sanctity of His scripture, and also (b) points out grave transcription / translation errors from the recently published AV 11-12 (2008). Although AV-12 has many, many errors, one key distorted paragraph about priest dogma has been discussed in detail below.
One of Baba's great reasons for coming onto this earth is to teach humans how to live together. Some mistakenly think that by mixing and merging all the groups together then a great human society can be built. However, that is not possible: Just as leeches can never co-exist with humans, similarly, combining different forms of self & group interests can never bring that grand ideal of 'ek manav samaj', or one human society. To do that-- to build a human society in the true sense of the word-- ideology is needed. For that reason Baba has come and given His teachings. And it is our duty to maintain the integrity of those teachings-- if not one human society will never be formed on this earth.
Being the Parama Purusa incarnate, Baba has issued various warnings about future events and wrongdoings pertaining to His divine teachings. From these below instances, we can see how much importance Baba has placed on keeping Marga teachings perfect and free from dogma. For example, it is well known how Baba issued a stern warning to Raghunathji about the dogma of idol worship. Baba said, 'After I leave this body, you must ensure that no form of idol worship is done in AM'. And to Parasattananda, Baba told, 'After my leaving, there must not be any form of celebration or ritualistic ceremony commemorating that date'. Hence here, Baba was foretelling that no dogmatic Mahaprayan should be started. And to family Ac Pratapadityaji, Baba warned, 'In the past crooked Hindu priests who professed to be followers of Lord Krsna distorted and ruined Lord Krsna's teachings by inserting all kinds of dogma. I have taken certain precautions and arranged to have everything recorded. That way distortions will not be allowed to happen, even then you must be vigilant not to let anyone ruin My discourses.'
As disciples of Baba, we should be very strict in preserving the sanctity of His printed discourses. This is our moral duty. Some may claim, 'What is the big deal if we change a few words here and there-- that is fine, so long as we keep the gist of what He is saying'. Some may say like this. But that error-prone approach will not do. It is not acceptable. Because one error leads to another until finally everything is totally ruined. Vigilance is needed from the very beginning.
Everyone knows that the Tiljala camp is the one printing Baba's books these days. But here the issue is not who is printing Baba's books. No one is trying to criticise any group per se. That is not the motivating factor behind this letter. The issue is that the our AM books-- Baba's teachings-- must be proper, period, no excuses. That is what Baba wants and that is what this letter is about. Who can forget those days in Patna when Baba was harshly scolding and rebuking various wt's for not recording and printing His discourses. Baba was furious and set the tone that His discourses must be recorded and printed in a timely and proper way. So this whole topic goes way beyond any petty group clash. Rather it is an issue of non-compromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity and Ista and Adarsha.
Now then to the problem at hand... Nearly every discourse in AV-12 (2008) has been terribly distorted in one way or another. Here we are not just talking about skipping over small words like 'and' or 'but' etc, but rather deep-seeded distortions that affect the very meaning of Baba's discourse. Here is one critical example. In the 3rd to last paragraph of the discourse, 'Everything Comes From Something' (2 June 1979 evening, Lyon, France), those publishers wrote it entirely wrong. THEY WRONGLY WROTE: "And you should never think, 'Oh, because the priest didn’t issue me any ticket for Heaven, I won’t be able to go to Heaven.' No, no, no, don’t say that. The priest has no right to issue you a ticket, and who is going to issue you a ticket to Hell? No, no, no, your good actions will bring you closer to Parama Purus'a, and finally you will become one with Him by dint of your sa'dhana', by dint of your occult practice." Yet see here what Baba really spoke. BABA ORIGINALLY SPOKE: "And you should never think, “Oh, because the priest didn’t issue any ticket for Heaven, that's why I won’t be able to go to the Heaven.” No, no, no, don’t think that. The priest has got no right to issue you a ticket of heaven, and who is going to issue him with a ticket to Hell? No, no, no, your good actions will bring you closer to the Parama Purus'a, and finally you will become one with Him by dint of your sa'dhana', by dint of your occult practice." The above is what Baba originally spoke in English as He was in Europe at the time and this discourse was given 100% in English. So in Baba's version, He is pointing out the injustice of the priests and making a joke about how those dogmatic priests should sent to hell. BABA SPOKE: "The priest has got no right to issue you a ticket of heaven, and who is going to issue him with a ticket to Hell?" Here Baba is making a direct statement about how crooked priests have no right to misguide exploit the people based on the false notions of heaven or hell. Rather, those priests themselves will live in their own hell if they continue to perpetrate crimes against humanity. That is Baba's essential point. But the publishers of the book changed that very section to make it sound like you the reader, not the priest, is being sent to hell. THOSE PUBLISHERS WROTE: "The priest has no right to issue you a ticket, and who is going to issue you a ticket to Hell?" So they totally skirted the issue of Baba mocking and attacking that priestly dogma. So their new edition of AV-12 strays far from Baba's teaching. Because in His revolutionary way, Baba is boldly pointing out the dogma of the priest class and bashing and mocking their so-called authority, yet our Publishers changed that section entirely. And indeed there are so numerous errors.
In comparing the above two paragraphs, anyone can see that 13 errors of omission and commission have been made in only 4 or 5 lines of text. That means there are 2 or 3 distortions on every line. And it seems the whole book is like that. Yet this newly published AV 11-12 (2008) is the book that some of our respected Dadas are saying is "perfect", and done "word-for-word" according to the original cassette. They were assuring margiis that there are no errors in this book etc, etc. But now we can see for ourselves what is going on.
And again, the main critical error of this passage is that those publishers distorted the section where Baba is saying that the priest will go to hell. This is a serious point. Because AM is against all kinds of dogma, especially religious dogma as that stifles the growth of the whole society. And Baba is adamantly telling that not only do those priests not have the power to send anyone to heaven, but because of their shams and duplicity those crude priests themselves will go to hell. That is Baba's dramatic statement. Yet the publishers missed and distorted this point entirely when printing the latest version of Ananda Vacanamrtam 11-12. Baba makes a revolutionary stand against priest dogma and our respected publishers deleted that point.
Was the error done deliberately by our publishers-- i.e. The Tiljala camp. Was it a mere oversight-- along with thousands of others? How did it happen? Only we can guess. But one thing is certain: Since they are so enthusiastic to translate all Baba's discourses from Bangla, irregardless of the original language, perhaps that is the cause of this problem. That is one hypothesis. Or maybe those Dadas just want to preserve or protect the sanctity of the priest class. Or maybe they are scared of criticising those priests. Any or all of the above may be the reason why this horrible distortion was done. Let us remember that in the recent past, these same publishers deleted the final three paragraphs of the discourse 'Liberation of Intellect' (NHNS) where Baba points out how the dogma of Islam says three females are equal to one male.
So now that we know the new book, Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 11-12 (2008), is full of big and small errors, then what should be done. Truly speaking, this book is not worth purchasing when it is in such bad shape. The plus point is that by our not purchasing it, then it puts pressure on those publishers to print it properly. Whereas if we all simply go out and buy the book with all those current errors and distortions, then they will think it is fine. And those errors will remain in the book up to eternity. Because just see: The first edition of AV-12 was published in July 1980. And now, after 28 long years, the book is again being printed with all these errors. If we just accept the book in this poor condition, we will all be long gone from this earth by the time a new edition is printed-- in 50 or 100 years from now. So if in this lifetime you would like to have an accurate version of AV-12, and would like to see all of Baba's books printed in the right way, then certainly we should discard the 2008 version of AV-12 and refrain from purchasing it. That will send the proper message to those involved. Excuse me for saying so but, "money talks", at least in this case because those publishers are trying to generate a solid income. And if we opt to NOT purchase the book then it makes a profound statement on their bank account. Of course those truly interested in serving Baba will always be strict to ensure that no mistakes are made in His books, and if so an immediate correction will be done and an apology issued. In that case, money need not come into play. With all due respect, our Dadas seem to have something else on their mind because they never make a swift, or, for that matter, any rectification of their distorted books. And they certainly never apologise or admit their guilt. In that case what are we to think. No doubt they are our family members, but still we have to evaluate the situation for what it is.
By Baba's grace He has given us human life and we should ensure that we preserve the integrity of Baba's teachings. Here is Baba's special teaching on this point. Baba says, "You have to build up society by your collective efforts. You know when the weaver weaves clothes then rats and termites engage in trying to cut it. So the weaver has to protect the clothes from those rats and termites. In the same way when you are building anything then without any delay various types of "termites" and "rats" will try to destroy that work. You must be careful. Above all those who have a pious motive to build up something, they ultimately get victory. But "rats" and "termites" do not have a pure motive so ultimately getting destroyed is their fate. Just they leave some dirty, ugly mark in the pages of history." "By seeing those ugly, black marks, in future people think 'oh, it seems this was attacked by termites and rats. Oh it appears that the termites and rats which came to attack and destroy this, but instead those rats and termites broke their teeth and got annihilated'." "It is the universal law. So as you build up good things, be vigilant to keep sharp eyes all around. Be sure to protect your work from "rats" and "termites"." "In the past females were preparing mango jelly in summer. And to shoe away the crows & to protect the mango jelly, one boy from the house was always standing guard with large stick in his hand and sharp eyes watching for those crows. Same way you should always be alert & vigilant to save your work from termites and rats. Then work will be done..." "Today again you take oath to build up the earth by your own individual and collective efforts. We have come here to beautify this earth. We will make it so and we will go on doing this our whole life. This will be our main collective vow." (AV-24 Hindi, p.149). Namaskar, Pramod
Here is another discourse from AV-12 (2008) that is riddled with errors and distortions. The following is the opening paragraph from the discourse 'An Expression is Never Alone'. In BOLD LETTERS & [in brackets] are words that Baba spoke but do not appear in the latest printed edition of the discourse. "The entire expression of this Universe is vibrational. Whenever [WHEREVER not whenever] there is vibration, there is sound, there is colour. So whatever you see or whatever you feel has an inference or inferences that come in contact with your [OUR not your] sensory or motor organs – has some sound. You see, when you are moving, you are walking, a particular sound – “tak, tak, kat, kat” – is created. That particular sound, sound representing an action, is called “acoustic root” – in Samskrta, “Biija Mantra”. [WHATEVER YOU DO], there is a sound just to represent the spirit of that being [DOING not being], of that deed. While you sit [SLEEP not sit] you are doing something, that is, your respiratory organ is functioning..." And like this there are countless errors in the newly printed AV-12. Because the errors in the above paragraph are of a less severe nature than the error about the priest dogma and going to hell mentioned in the main letter, for that reason this has been added as a note instead of being discussed in the body part of the letter.
*************************************** We Should Know & Correct
Baba says, "In algebra the formula (a+b) squared= a2 + b2 + 2ab. This is a well known formula and originally it was invented by Mahars'i Kapil." (SC-8, disc 1, 5 oct 86 kolkata) Note: It is well known that Mahars'i Kapil was born in India several thousand years ago. People commonly think the above formula was first propounded by a western mathematician, but in the above teaching Baba reveals the real fact. This gives the idea those mathematics was highly evolved in that early history of India. Here below Baba tells another important fact regarding Kapil: Baba says, "The first philosopher was Mahars'i Kapil, who will be remembered and respected for all time." (AFPS-9, 'Geology & Human Civilisation')

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