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Growing Crisis & Prout's Solution

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 22:02:18 -0000 To: From: Subject: Growing Crisis & Prout's Solution Baba "Ga'n geye ja'bo..." P.S. 2305 Purport: Baba, I will go on singing Your song-- Your glory. It's up to You whether You will grace me by listening to these songs or not. But with these songs, in my deep contemplation, I will generate divine vibrations, by Your grace-- and go on serving You. Baba with my deep yearning I am calling You again and again without getting any response-- You are not paying heed to my call. By avoiding me maybe You are thinking that I will not sing Your song anymore and that I will remain quiet. And that in frustration, I will give up the hope of getting You. And that I will no longer engage in the flow of those divine tunes and melodies, which is inundating the vast sky, by Your grace. And that I will not utilize these melodious treasures in my practical life to go closer to You. Baba, with the strength of knowledge, wisdom, intellect, and worldly attributions, Your depth cannot be measured-- nobody can realise You. But by surrendering that very unit "I" which already belongs to You, and with the divine sweetness of singing Your name I will surely get You by Your grace. Baba, I sing my songs only for You. Please listen to these heart-felt loving melodies-- and be gracious... Note: In the above song, the sadhaka has deep love and a strong yearning for Parama Purusa. So when Parama Purusa does not respond to his call in the way that he desires, then the sadhaka makes one loving accusation towards Parama Purusa. So actually that is not an accusation per se, but rather an intimate type of loving expression. And Baba is approving that devotees have the right to do like this and that this loving way of communication is quite natural.
Namaskar, Around the globe, and certainly in AM, everyone knows the term 'democracy'. It is such a commonly used word in today's world and political climate. But what exactly is meant by 'democracy'. Using Baba's guideline, we will explore this. That is one of the themes of this letter. Furthermore, even though democracy is routinely championed as being the system of choice, why are today's democratic systems not solving the ongoing problems in our present-day society. Rather, things only seem to be getting worse and worse. That is the second aspect. Lastly, what is the Proutistic solution to the current crisis caused by democracy. What is Baba's given solution. That is the third point.
In a phrase, in today's world, democracy refers to any state wherein the officials are elected by some type of election. And verily, so many countries around the globe follow this democratic system: Germany, US, Argentina, Romania, China, Canada, etc. As surprising as it might sound, these are all democracies, of one form or another, according to our AM perspective. Baba terms all these above systems as political democracies because the political leaders are elected by a vote: A vote either by the people or a vote by the party officials. So under the greater umbrella of political democracy, there are two basic types: (1) liberal democracy and (2) socialist democracy. That is also Baba's explanation. In liberal democracies like the United States, India Great Britain, and France, etc, the common citizens exercise their voting right to elect their leaders. And in social democracies, like the former Soviet Union, China, and Vietnam, etc, the party officials vote to elect their leader. No doubt, liberal democracies offer greater freedom and civil liberties etc, yet both these systems fall within the category of political democracy, as both are based on political centralisation and economic centralisation. That is Baba's definition. So in common dialogues around the globe, when people mention the term 'democracy', they are nearly always-- just about 100% of the time-- talking about political democracy. A system which is not supported by our Prout movement.
Unfortunately, nowhere in the world is political democracy working. That is to say, in no country is the condition of the common people improving-- rather it is getting worse. Why? Because in every type of political democracy, in exchange of getting the right to vote, the people forfeit their economic might and right. That means, the common people have no control over their purchasing capacity, jobs, local industry, basic requirements, food costs, the price of gasoline, nothing. Their entire economic condition is ruled by someone else. In liberal democracies like the US, the economy is run by leading capitalists, i.e. corporate giants. And in socialist democracies like China etc, the economy is run by the state. Regardless, in both cases, the common people totally forgo all economic power. They are mere pawns in the big game, while those who hold onto the economic power benefit tremendously. For example, despite the fact that the US economy is doing so terribly, there are more billionaires and millionaires than ever before. The elite capitalists are getting wealthier and wealthier, while the middle class continues to shrink, and tens of millions or innocent people are thrust into poverty, living hand to mouth, paycheck to paycheck. And similar is the case in every other country where democracy, i.e. political democracy is in vogue. The common people are virtually penniless-- toiling day and night to scrape by. In that condition, the common people have no opportunity to pursue the fine arts or spiritual practices. Rather their each and every second is spent trying to earn enough money to pay their bills and put bread on the table, lest they lose their hearth and home. So although, day and night, the people talk about the greatness of democracy, this type of democracy, i.e. political democracy, is verily crippling the people. They have the right to vote, but have zero economic power. So they get exploited all day long by those few with all the economic power. As long as political democracy is in vogue, there will always be poverty; and that poverty will spread as the top capitalists and state officials suck up all the money.
Baba's Proutistic solution to this awful mess of political democracy is an entirely different brand of democracy known as economic democracy. As discussed above, in political democracy, the economy is centralised-- just run by a few people such as Bill Gates, Google, the Federal Reserve, the Chinese govt, or the ruling economic body in that land, whether that be in the private sector or public sector. In contrast, in economic democracy, the people in every locale are in full control of the economy. Economic democracy is a totally decentralised system, where every block or district has complete economic autonomy. So in an economic democracy, the economy is not at all centralised or controlled by a few people, rather the common people have full control of the economy. They are able to decide their own economic fate and prosper. They can decide which industries to develop, where the factories will be, how to use natural resources, what the minimum wage will be, how much money an individual may accumulate, the number of hours in a work week, and so many other aspects of their economic structure. Gone will be the days when big capitalists like Exxon/Mobil or Nike come into an area, take all the natural resources, manufacture those resources in another place, and then sell those finished goods at astronomical prices to people in the very place from where those resources came. Instead, in an economic democracy, the people will be empowered in each and every area to make all their own economic policies and be able to withstand outside exploiters.
Thus, there is a heaven and hell difference between a political democracy where the people only have the power to vote and are reduced to mere ants in the economic sphere, and an economic democracy where people also have the power to vote but, most importantly, are fully in control of their economic fate. They will be financially empowered to deliver economic justice in their region and encourage one and all to engage in higher pursuits, like sadhana. So, as Ananda Margiis, we should have a clear-cut understanding of the marked distinction between the capitalist or communist style of political democracy versus the Proutistic approach of economic democracy. Because it is just a myth that the present-day system of democracy-- i.e. political democracy-- can bring justice to the land. Only economic democracy can bring the soothing balm of peace and economic empowerment to the people. For a full review of this topic of economic democracy, refer to the discourse, 'Economic Democracy' in PNS-21.
As the gap between rich and poor increases, we get closer and closer to the implementation of an economic democracy. Because the people will rise up and look for a practical solution. And we will show the Prout. Baba says, "For the success of economic democracy, PROUT must be implemented and the economic welfare of all people must be enhanced step by step. This in turn will lead to greater opportunities for the spiritual emancipation of human beings." (PNS-21) Namaskar, Mukunda
In AM philosophy, Baba takes a unique and pointed view of the world. For example, generally speaking, people think that capitalism and communism are worlds apart and on opposite ends of the spectrum. But Baba says no, they both fall in the same category as both capitalism and communism are materialistic philosophies. Similarly, generally speaking, people think that the US government and the Chinese government are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, yet Baba has shown that they both fall in the same category, that of political democracy. Hence Baba's view of the world is unique, and it is only His Proutistic vision-- with its economic democracy-- that can lead humanity onto the golden road of tomorrow.
*********************************************** Dogma about Shabda Cayanika
AM Publications wrote: "Ostensibly, Shabda Cayanika is a series devoted to the linguistics and philology of the Bengali laguage." Note: Just like in the past, religious priests-- with their selfish motives-- altered numerous spiritual teachings & texts in order to misguide their followers and gain more power. Lord Shiva's and Krsna's teachings were also distorted by dogmatic Hindu religious priests who had the same narrow-minded motive. In similar fashion, after 1990 our AM scriptures also got altered. And the above quoted line about Shabda Cayanika is clear-cut is proof of that. Because in true sense, the Shabda Cayanika series is primarily devoted to the explanation of Sanskrit grammar and includes discussion and stories on diverse subjects in order to make the Sanskrit grammar lucid. The discourses themselves have been given in Bengali but certainly the subject matter is Sanskrit. And since Sanskrit does not have its own script that is why it was first written in Bengali script. At the same time, though, it is well known that Sanskrit itself has been written in many of the Indian languages; but recently, in the last 100 years, it has been standardized and now Devana'garii has been accepted as the official script of Sanskrit. The point here however is that the Shabda Cayanika series focuses on the Sanskrit language. Yet certain dogmatic priests have altered things in such a way that they are misleading margii readers by claiming that the Shabda Cayanika series is about Bengali grammar.

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