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AM Movie: Pracar or Kupracar

From: "Karma Rasa" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: AM Movie: Pracar or Kupracar Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 23:43:58 +0000 Baba "Karuna' kare go krpa' karo sabe..." (PS #414) Purport: Baba, You are the most Magnanimous and Loving One. You do everything for everyone. Kindly be gracious to all; please shower Your divine Karuna on everyone. Shower Your grace on everybody. Baba, we are not qualified to have Your grace so You please be gracious because of Your own quality. O' grace Personified, with the flow of Your compassion, please shower Your kpra so that all can cross the ocean of avidya maya. Then everyone can get liberation. O' Baba, whatever I know and whatever I do not know, I feel that everything is Your divine liila. Everyone is dancing in Your eternal vibration. Baba, You are above all, O' Parama Purusa, please be gracious...
Note: The links for the first two letters in this series are below for your easy access and reference. Namaskar, Pracar means propagation of the great ideology-- Baba's teachings. This fact we all know. So any pracar endeavour must then highlight Baba and the dharmic principles of Ananda Marga. That is the sole aim and only motive of our pracar movement. Keeping this in mind, let us evaluate how far the year-old AM pracar movie-- "Kiirtan Mahima"-- is consistent with that ideal. Is the film up to that gold-bar standard of doing AM pracar, or not.
In each and every sphere of life, AM has something new and revolutionary to offer the society. And pracar means propagating those ideals to people around the globe. Naturally then any AM film has tremendous potential. And perhaps in no sphere of life is AM more unique than in its spiritual approach. Because in our AM system of sadhana, each and every sadhaka is making a direct link with Parama Purusa. Because we know God is within-- Baba resides eternally inside our heart. Baba says, "Parama Purus'a always remains with you, within the very core of your heart. So search within, O spiritual aspirant, not without, but within, within your very existence." (AV-12, p.41) So in AM sadhana, and in our spiritual approach, every aspirant communicates directly with Parama Purusa-- internally. We know that Baba's presence lies within; and that is Baba's divine teaching as well. So when any AM pracar movie, like "Kiirtan Mahima", aims at describing our spiritual approach, then it should highlight this very point-- that Baba resides within-- inside the core of the heart. Then we can say that the pracar film is up to the standard, otherwise not. Because in our Marga, we communicate directly with Parama Purusa-- by seeking Him internally. That is the uniqueness of AM and that is what should be highlighted in our AM pracar films. Indeed in AM, there is no need or any priest, or mullah; there is no need to go to any church, temple, or mosque; there is no need to embark on any pilgrimage or tiirtha; there is no need of any external paraphernalia etc. None of those dogmatic rituals hold any value for us. Because we know that Parama Purusa resides in the heart. So in order to get Him, we need not look anywhere else except in our heart. And if nothing else-- this fact that Parama Purusa resides in the heart-- should be clearly demonstrated in any pracar film highlighting the spiritual tenets of AM. Because to communicate with Him-- to communicate with Baba-- as Ananda Margiis we need not do anything except close our eyes, chant His name, and seek Him within. This is our dharmic approach and this is what uniquely separates Ananda Marga from the dogmatic religions like Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam etc. And this everyone in AM understands well. So naturally, this special point that Parama Purusa resides in the heart and that one can communicate internally with Him-- this idea should be highlighted in our AM pracar movies. This should be our consensus approach. That would be one big boon for propagating AM. Because, as is commonly known, in the dogmatic religions they adhere to the crude belief that external ritualistic worship is the way to find God. And if any of our "pracar" films carry that idea, the people will mistakenly think we are just like the dogmatic religions. So we must not allow this to happen. In AM, we do not adhere to such religious dogmatic views; we know that Baba resides in the heart-- and through sadhana we can hold and embrace Him, by His grace. So always we seek Him within. That is the natural way of every AM sadhaka-- attaining Him within. And this is the special truth that the general society needs to learn. That is the secret they are looking for. And that is what our AM films should portray. So if the common people get the idea from our AM pracara materials that each and every human being can find God within and AM teaches this spiritual sadhana to all, then surely the good people will come to us for initiation into AM. Because nowadays rational-minded seekers are restless with the static ways of religion, and they are desperately searching other approaches towards God. Hence an AM pracar film that highlights the ideal that God is within carries tremendous potential. Now then let us take a look at what happens in our new AM pracar movie, "Kiirtan Mahima".
Since the new AM pracara movie-- "Kiirtan Mahima"-- has been floating all around for 18 months, many already know the plot and story line. So that need not be touched on here. Rather our concern is: To what degree is this movie in accordance with AM ideals. Since that is the whole point of our pracar work-- highlighting Baba and AM teachings.
Furthermore, we can say that each and every movie is defined by its climax point. That is what people remember most about any film. And by remembering and recalling that scene in their mind, people get a distinct vision about what the movie is about-- what it professes. This is simple fact every filmmaker knows. So, for instance, if we want to teach that God lies within-- that in AM we feel that Baba resides in our heart-- then naturally that idea should be reflected in the defining point of the movie.
Now let us see what happens in the climax scene of the movie-- "Kiirtan Mahima". As the movie culminates and it is revealed how the mystery was solved and how the family's treasures were saved as their house did not get robbed, then at the 42' 34" mark of the movie, at this pinnacled juncture, the father dramatically gets up from his chair and starts praying and bowing just like dogmatic religious worshippers do. Instead of looking for Baba within and quietly communicating with Baba internally by doing AM practices like sadhana etc, the father resorts to walking restlessly around the room and begins talking to various external paraphernalia that is hanging on the wall just like those dogmatic idol worshippers do. And this is presented as being peak devotional expression of the movie. That is how the movie-makers portray this dogmatic scene-- as being something truly great. But just take a look: Because again and again the father is walking around and then standing with his eyes open, looking at the wall towards that external paraphernalia, and with his hands embraced, the father is again praying and talking to this external paraphernalia in a highly ritualistic way. As if that paraphernalia is actually Baba and Baba is not within. That is the disastrous way this most significant scene unfolds. This is the climax of the film-- where the father of the family is externally praying, as if in AM this is how we address the Lord, i.e. externally. When in AM we know that Baba resides in the heart and we communicate with Him that way. But in those few crucial moments of the movie, the father is just talking externally towards his paraphernalia that is on the wall. And he talks to and embraces that paraphernalia. And when he deviates from that dogmatic ritual, then he points his gaze upward to the sky as if Baba is up in the heaven. So in all regards, this culminating scene depicts our Marga just like the various dogmatic religions. The innate beauty and special practice of our AM sadhana is utterly absent. Because Baba is depicted as being somewhere outside, as if in AM we search for God externally through crude rituals etc. Tragically this entire scene goes on for several minutes and that stands as the culmination of the whole film-- with the central character just sunken in his dogmatic, ritualistic form of worship.
The first question one may ask then is why did the movie-makers of "Kiirtan Mahima" resort to this type of dogmatic and ritualistic way of depicting our AM. Did they just have a bad day; did they think the common people would like this; did they think that the movie could not have been made any other way. What can be the reason why. About this there are so many possible replies... ...But the one that makes the most sense-- and one which is generally agreed upon-- is that those AM movie makers who created "Kiirtan Mahima", they themselves do not believe that Baba resides in the heart. Otherwise how could they have made a movie that says like that. Hence it is due to their low devotional standard, due to the crust of their own dogmatic understanding, that they made the film in this ritualistic way. And it is due to this lowly outlook, that the devotional concept does not come in their mind that Baba resides within. So in that case, when their sadhana is not proper, then how are they going to make a movie that correctly shows the spiritual approach in AM. This is the explanation many are giving for why the film came out as a B movie-- totally bad, or kupracar.
In response, various people are telling that as we have so many talented sadhakas in AM, then it is those devotees who should come forward and make a film that truly depicts life in AM. And best is if that film is made as a documentary since by that way more points can be brought forth to the interested public. Because really the lowly movie-makers of "Kiirtan Mahima" are far, far from our AM standard. That is why their movie falters so badly as an AM pracar film. Because any pracar film must reflect Baba's teachings but their film is totally the opposite. Here is more evidence of that.
Actually it is not just in the culminating scene that goes sour. But from start to finish there are so many negative points where there film-- "Kiirtan Mahima"-- goes astray and those are enlisted below such as: (a) How the movie is totally sexual in nature where an AM avadhuta has a secret rendezvous with a glamourous young female; (b) How the movie takes a Hollywood, self-centered approach where all focus is on the superficial glitz and glamour of the cheezy actors, and no emphasis is placed on the dignity of the subject-- it is all the self-promotion of those egotistical Bollywood actors; (c) How the movie makes use of the dogmatic dowry system; (d) How the movie gives a completely fallacious and dogmatic description of kiirtan. At the end of the film the fake Avadhuta creates his own silly and outlandish philosophy about kiirtan that is so far-fetched and unbelievable that if anyone knows one iota of Baba's real Kiirtan philosophy then they will just laugh at what this Fake Avadhuta is saying; (e) How the movie begins by the wrong way of doing Guru Puja. First the movie uses incorrect pronunciation of the Guru Puja shloka and then the movie only repeats the shloka one time, as if they are too busy to do it more than that, but to them it should be said that Baba being the Parama Purusa is extremely busy yet when He is on the dais then Guru Puja is always done three times, but this our glitzy filmmakers did not have time for; (f) How the movie uses so-called 'miracles' and far-fetched tales to do pracar when Baba Himself says that this is the era of logic and reasoning so our pracar movement should reflect a rational approach; (g) How the movie uses the wrong type of song during Paincjanya; Baba is our Ista so the chosen Prabhat Samgiita at the time of Paincajanya should focus on Him-- not any other Taraka Brahma like Krsna; because Baba guides that in the field of devotion, our Ista is one; (reference: AV-23 "Omnkara & Ista Mantra) (h) And so many other faulty points are there in this poorly-made "Kiirtan Mahima" movie.
Baba is so gracious on our AM society: He has given everything-- all that is needed to build a great society. In no corner is there any shortage of anything. In that case, invariably we have so many good artists in our Marga and it is they who should come forward and make a real film about AM. Because right now, because of this film the whole situation of pracar in AM is so tragic. It is just like if one town has so many ideal cooks but for one reason or another just monkeys and raccoons have taken over the kitchen and they are making a mess there-- throwing slop in all directions, such that no proper meal can be made. Such is the current state of affairs in our AM movie-making department. So we must not be passive: Good devotees should step up and give the proper method for how our AM movies should be made. This will be one great boon to our Marga.
Lastly, there may be one or two people reading this letter who actually think that the film-- "Kiirtan Mahima"-- was good. In that case such persons should understand that they are just being misled by the degrading ways of the Hollywood movie industry. Whereas in AM our approach is to adhere to Baba's divine standards, not the crude, debased ways of Hollywood etc. So if any are still thinking that the "Kiirtan Mahima" movie was fine, then best is if they read and try to understand Baba's teachings and discourses on this topic such as, 'Art and Literature', 'Smell and Microvita', 'Mobility and Movement of Microvita', "Excellence of a God-Centered Philosophy', 'The Different Vocations: Actors' etc. If anyone sincerely reads Baba's aforementioned teachings with the intent to understand what He is saying, then they will surely see how the movie "Kiirtan Mahima" falls far, far short of the mark. Plus by reading Baba's divine guidelines, then they will spare themselves of public embarrassment had they naively defended or even praised the film. Here the point is that all AM movies should reflect Baba's ideals and not the pseudo-culture of Hollywood. And certainly most if not all are understanding this point.
By Baba's grace, we should utilize the enormous potential of the film industry to propagate the teachings of AM. This will truly be one great endeavour. Baba says, "Today the cinema seems to be very popular with people of all ages. As a result film technology will gradually rise to ever-greater heights of technical excellence. The opportunity provided by the cinema to establish good relations with people can be very well utilized for educational purposes." (HS-1) Namaskar, Karma Rasa
The idea of using the medium of film as a means of doing AM pracara is very good. We all know that Baba appreciates the benevolent and sentient use of art, science, literature, and technology, so naturally then a well-made AM film would be a highly valued commodity-- a real asset to our Marga. Inherent to such a project is that any pracara film must abide by the ideals of AM. That is to say, it must espouse such tenets as a God-centered approach, depict proper relations between males & females, offer correct and proper explanations of our AM social and spiritual philosophy, and in general be consistent with the AM way of life as given by our Guru, Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Under such conditions, an real AM pracar movie would be a real boon for our pracara endeavours. And best is if this film is a documentary since we have many things to teach the society and rather then spending energy on the entertainment aspect of making a movie, we should do something that appeals to people's finer points of intellect, rationality, and spiritual curiosity etc. And a documentary type of film would best suit this purpose.
By now everyone is aware of the major pitfalls of the new AM pracar movie-- "Kiirtan Mahima". It is widely known that this movie is filled with sexual innuendos, crude Hollywood tactics, faulty messages about AM philosophy etc. That is why many call "Kiirtan Mahima" the so-called AM Pracar Movie. The term "so-called" has been applied because in practice the film does not do an ounce of AM pracar. That is why it is a so-called AM pracara movie, or Kupracara, since kupracara means bad pracara.
Here the 2 previous letters posted by margis about this very same AM movie. (#1) (#2)
********************************************** This Must Be Averted
Baba says, "'Andham tamah pravishanti mudha ye ke catmahano janah.' What happens to the person who runs after the external mundane things instead of the Self within? One day he finds himself surrounded by the blinding darkness (Andhatamasa). All around he finds nothing. When a person whose self has miserably degenerated, whose spiritual progress is altogether stopped, rushes towards matter, his whole existence starts getting crudified, his mind and Self get crudified, he forfeits the right even to be called a human being. This is indeed a miserable condition, an unimaginable circumstance." (Calcutta, 1980)

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