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One Last Ride...

From: "Karma Rasa" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: One Last Ride... Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 23:38:19 +0000 Baba "Maneri gahane tumi a'cho, a'cho prabhu sada' jege a'cho..." (4380) Purport: Baba, You are always remaining in the depths of my mind-- You never leave me. You always remain awake. You go on working day and night, beyond the time. You never stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You go on doing. This whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are ever-present: beginningless and endless. You are ever intoxicated in Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone-- everyone wants You. You are remaining with one and all. Those who are trying to come close to You by their virtuous deeds and shravan, manan, nididhyasana, & dhyana, only they are able to come to You. Only they are able to realise You and have Your grace and proximity. Baba, You are grace-Personified...
Namaskar, All around the globe every member of our A'nanda Ma'rga family has realised in their heart this unquestionable truth that: Mahaprayan (MPD) is dogma. There is no counter reply to this statement-- neither in the sphere of logic nor in the sphere of devotion. Even then in a couple places such as at the NYSO a few crusty organisers are making last-ditch efforts to justify their dogma by planning a week-long MPD program. So on the one side it is well-known that Mahaprayan is an anti-devotional affair and no one likes it, yet some are still clinging desperately in hopes of resuscitating their failed Mahaprayan agenda.
After raising this conundrum / phenomenon with other margiis, some gave a top-notch reply which is summarised here below. They basically told that it is a fact that rational margiis do not support the crude dogmatic idea of Mahaprayan. And it is also the case that some group leaders are working hard to gather support for their MPD program.
Whenever a dogma is about to die then-- just like the flame of a candle which rises up one last time before extinguishing-- that dying dogma will try to flourish one last time before ultimately plunging to its final death. In our human history tremendous progress has been made in so many realms-- especially with regards to the sanctity of human life. No longer are innocent people burned in ritualistic sacrifices; instead we now talk of extending cardinal human rights to one and all. In this way so many positive changes have occurred. Yet at each and every level of change there was both (a) the large majority ready to usher in the new era and (b) a couple of scraggly mongers who desperately were clutching trying to hold on to their dying dogma. For example when nasty ways of polygamy were outlawed in various lands, then those remaining polygamists pushed harder and harder to justify their immoral position. And similarly the dogma of Fundamental Christians has gotten totally exposed, and the common people are rejecting it; yet those Fundamentalist preachers grab more tighty onto their crude beliefs. And like this there are countless examples how people do not like to leave their dogma. So that is the way: Just before the death of any dogmatic idea a few gather round to defend it-- but in fact its death cannot be averted.
Such things happen in the animal kingdom also. The creatures of darkness make the most amount of noise just before the light of the new dawn is about to come. Because those creatures are afraid of the coming of the day, so they rattle their final sounds as the night ends-- desperately trying to hold on to the darkness that is slipping from their grasp. Or it is just like those monkey mothers who cling onto their dead infants. Because whenever one of their offspring dies then they will carry that lifeless body around with them for days-- or weeks etc. Never wanting to leave it behind.
Likewise Mahaprayan is lifeless and totally rotten-- its poplularity is gone; yet one or two do not like to give up their dogmatic ways of MPD.
Hence Baba pointedly explains how those defenders of dogma make their last stand by clutching tightly to their favourite dogma. This is the common way that it works. Because when any dogma gets exposed by the freshness of sentient logic, then static-minded people dig themselves deeper and deeper into their dogmatic view-- and they invent more fake meanderings (i.e dogma) to defend their initial dark belief. Baba says, "When an intellectual doctrine is proven invalid in the battle of logic, and ultimately shown to be dogmatic, what happens? The characteristic of dogma is to expand more and more. Do you know what expands when it is cut? The answer is a pencil, a pond and dogma. If someone tries to root out a dogma from people's mind they tend to use even more dogma to justify their present dogma." (APH-6)
So this is what we are witnessing nowadays with regards to Mahaprayan. Each and every Margii recognises that Baba is that effulgent Divine Entity who resides eternally in our heart. Yet the dogma of Mahaprayan (MPD) itself proclaims that Baba has left-- that He is gone. That is the meaning behind Mahaprayan. That is why step by step margiis are dharmically opposing and lashing out against this crude MPD dogma. Thus with no other recourse, a few static and stubborn defenders of Mahaprayan try harder and harder to justify their sinking ship. And they invent new dogmas and more illogical ways of supporting their negative idea: Like extending their celebration of Mahaprayan etc. But who is going to be attracted by such a faulty approach when the very notion of Mahaprayan dictates that Baba is gone. The very dogmatic seed of Mahaprayan directly contradicts the inherent beauty of our devotional and spiritual life. Because Baba is that Parama Purusa who remains along with us all the time, forever. He is our constant companion-- remaining always in our hearts.
Baba says, "Vrnda'vanam parityajya pa'damekam na gaccha'mi..." (PS 4425)
"I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees. That is the Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am eternally present along with the devotees."
So Baba is residing in everyone's heart-- that is where He remains.
"Dura't sudure tadiha'ntike ca..."
Baba says, "Only the one who looks into the inner most recesses of oneself can realise the Supreme Entity.... the bhaktas or devotees say, 'He is near, so near that the distance is immeasurable.' Those who have eyes to see, see that Parama Purus'a is in the core of their hearts; He is within the very existence of each and every entity, so there is no necessity of moving about in search of Him. He resides within the very "I- feeling" of everyone." (AMIWL) So by Baba's grace each and every devotee-- each and every Ananda Margii-- feels Baba's divine presence in their heart.
Whereas those who grip onto the dogma of Mahaprayan adopt an opposite stance-- because their negative doctrine states that Baba is totally gone. Because "maha" means 'great' or 'final', and "prayan" means 'departure' or 'death'. So Mahaprayan means Baba is gone-- or worse. So knowingly or unknowingly anyone following this MPD dogma is pushing Baba far, far away. This is the tragic fate of those unfortunate beings who defend the dogma of Mahaprayan. Baba says, "Du'r'a't sudure: if people think that Parama Purus'a is far from them, then He is very, very far. Du'ra means far and sudu'ra means so far that the human mind cannot even imagine it." (SS-11, p. 65)
By Baba's Grace, He-- our Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji-- is that infinite Eternal Entity. This is the special blessing on all Ananda Margiis: To have Him, the Taraka Brahma, as the Guru. Thus everything we do in life should be part & parcel of our movement toward His Divine Self-- towards this Goal. Baba says, "The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings-- That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamurtijii." (Caryacarya-2, p.1, point #1) Namaskar, Karma Rasa
So those spirited people guide who others along the path of devotion are the well-wishers of society-- they are the sadvipras. Whereas those who selfishly misguide innocent people onto the path of degeneration and encourage negative dogmas like Mahaprayan, such persons are the enemies of humanity. Baba says, "If people can properly ideate on Parama Purus'a, they will realise Brahma. On imbibing cosmic ideation all kinds of ailments will be cured...Those who will assist in this human progress are the sadvipras. Those who are trying to obstruct human progress are veritable demons in human form (Ra'ks'asa)."
****************************************** Animals Are More Aware About...
Baba says, "A crow has a natural premonitive instinct regarding storms. An owl and to some extent a dog can sense beforehand the possible occurrence of an earthquake or some other unforeseen natural calamity of great magnitude. Such power of apprehending phenomenal vibrations exists not in ten or twenty but in innumerable species of birds. Such a power is indeed of paramount necessity in their rigorous struggle for survival. Such a power did exist, too, to some extent, among the prehistoric people. But today, in this age of so-called civilization, human beings, having become extremely ease-loving, have lost that power through misuse and lack of necessity; just as their tails, their ability to move their ears and their capacity to hold things with their feet have disappeared. Now the hairiness of their bodies and the strength of their teeth and nails are also becoming extinct. The greater the pre-occupation of creatures with the struggle for existence, the necessarily greater must be their power of premonition or prescience of impending danger, or else their existence will be effaced from the surface of the earth -- this is the law of nature." (SS-3) Note: People often think that animals are lowly & neglected beings but that is not true. As Baba points out above, animals are far more aware about naturally occurring phenomena than human beings. On this point animals are highly instinctual and are always surveying the scene. They can forecast and predict a wide array of storms and natural calamities. In the above quote Baba indicates how humans also used to have such abilities, but now with the onset of modernity and a comfort-oriented lifestyle, humans have lost this skill. So now modern people are entirely dependent upon science to forecast the weather etc. But as developed as science is, scientists (meteorologists and seismologists) are still totally in the dark about earthquakes. They are unable to predict when and where an earthquake might occur; whereas various animals like dogs and owls have this unique gift. That's why the recent earthquake unleashed in Pakistan, many dogs reportedly started behaving abnormally. They were restless, walking around whimpering, and going in and out of the house constantly. The dogs knew about the impending disaster that was about to strike Pakistan, and parts of India. In contrast, modern scientists did not have a clue than an earthquake was about to occur. But the dogs know. And those smart people who understood why the dogs were upset were able to help themselves and others also. So in future, we should rely upon animals to guide us about when and where natural disasters will strike. While dogs know about earthquakes, crows know about cyclones. Similarly there are numerous animals that are acutely aware about impending storms and natural disasters. ******************************************

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