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Innocent Margiis Sucked Into Dogma

From: "Shantatma Kerketta" To: Subject: Innocent Margiis Sucked Into Dogma Date: Mon 20 Oct 2008 23:10:48 Baba "Ke ghumiye a'che tumi ja'n, d'a'k diye ya'o..." (P.S. 2179) Purport: Baba, as the Savior and Controller of the whole universe, You are well aware about who is sleepy and drowsy, and who has lost the path of divine effulgence. Baba, You know everything. Those who have lost the Goal, You always call them and show them the right path. Those who are crying bitterly after facing their defeat, with Your divine compassion You graciously show them the proper path for their forward journey-- and help them move ahead. Baba, You are the Sadguru. Hence those who remain forgetful about You as well as those who are always calling You with deep adoration full of longing and tears, with both these two opposite types of people, You shower Your divine grace on all-- without any differentiation. Baba, Your grace is for everyone. But crude people are not realising that You are gracious on them also. Whereas devotees realise. That is the difference. Baba, You grace everyone; Your greatness & glory is beyond explanation…
Namaskar, Here is another way of looking at how the current day dogmatic program of Mahaprayan came into form-- as well as why one day soon it will die. Of course, most understand now that the the so-called Mahaprayan program is a dirty dogma, however some in their innocence still follow it out of habit, out of ignorance, out of social pressure etc. So for those few, unfortunately they just got sucked into this dogma. But those days are numbered and soon all will place the so-called Mahaprayan in the trash bin, where it belongs.
In our Marga, Baba has graciously guided us how to observe all our AM festivals: From naming the festival itself to describing how the occasion should be celebrated. There is no aspect which He did not detail.
All are aware that Niilkantha Divas is the day that Baba was poisoned in jail. Immediately acaryas and margiis thought this should be a day to be observed in AM. And for the first several years this occasion was observed by fasting. Then, later on, in one darshan, Baba sweetly explained that it is very good that the occasion of Niilkantha Divas is being followed, but that the way it is being observed should be changed. Rather than fasting on this day, we should prepare and cook delicious food for all the needy people. Baba elaborated further, 'On this day, the powers that be fed up poison; in turn, we are going to feed the people nectar. Let us change that poison in to nectar.' Hence, ever since, Niilkantha Divas has been marked by the cooking and serving of sumptuous meals to the underprivileged.
By this we can understand that Baba recognised that the idea of observing Niilkantha Divas is proper, but the way it was being observed was not correct. After all, human beings are human beings and mistakes are bound to happen. So He graciously corrected the problem and now the occasion is perfect in all respects.
The dogmatic program of Mahaprayan falls into an entirely different category. The so-called day itself should not be observed. Baba has clearly stated all our festival days and Mahaprayan is not one of them. He knew that one day He would physically conclude His stay on this earth, but He never ever indicated that the day should be observed. Plus, He blatantly overlooked and never mentioned the so-called Mahaprayan of Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna. This also indicates that He does not appreciate observing such a day related with Mahasambhuti. Finally, in Senior Acarya Diary, Baba clearly explains how to do Guru Puja when not in the physical presence of Guru. Among other things, Baba says that the physical objects one is offering should be given to the poor. Plus He has given other guidelines as well. With regards to this point from the Acarya Diary, it is obvious that Baba is giving advanced warnings and details how to do Guru Puja in His physical absence. He has covered the point. So this was not a realm that He did not address. Rather He has given clear-cut instructions. Hence when He has never said even one word about the so-called day of Mahaprayan being an AM festival, then we should understand that it is not to be included. It is simple as that. Baba had the opportunity and knowledge to make it a festival, but He clearly chose not to do so. Thus, the dogmatic Mahaprayan program is not a day of festival in AM, and the way it is celebrated is also wrong, i.e. reading Shraddha mantra and other misguided things. The so-called Mahaprayan is sending the message that Baba is gone, yet our devotional feeling is that Baba is here, in our hearts. So the day itself is wrong as Baba Himself never talked about observing such as occasion; and the style of celebration is wrong as the dogmatic message of Mahaprayan is that Baba is gone, when our sadhana tells us that He is always with us. All in all, the dogmatic Mahaprayan program is a double mistake-- one which should be wiped away from our calendar and removed from their fake appendix to Caryacarya part 1.
The groupist faction that created the dogmatic Mahaprayan program had their own agenda in mind: To make Kolkata an epicenter; to make a tiirtha in Tiljjala; to garner maximum money; to have all the world honor Bengal; to get huge donations for Tiljala campus; and the list goes on and on. So this idea, from the get-go, was based on narrow-minded and selfish intentions. They did not at all consider the magnanimity of Baba's divine Personality, nor have the welfare of the Marga in mind.
By His grace, He has given all the needed plans and programs for our Marga. And where correction was needed, then He has also provided that as in the case of Niilkantha Divas. So when the so-called day of Mahaprayan itself was never declared and when the way it is observed goes counter to our devotional sentiment, the it is quite clear that it should be eliminated entirely. Baba says, "You should always remember that...He is seeing what you are doing. He is hearing what you are thinking.,,He is always with you." (8 May 1979 evening) Namaskar, Shantatma
**************************************** Relation With Atithi
Baba says, "An ideal householder should try to provide food for the maximum number of human beings and animals. Disadvantaged persons and guests: Do not remain indifferent to the service of disadvantaged persons and guests. Do not consider their lineage, culture, or religious beliefs while serving them." (CC-1) Note 1: In Baba's above teaching, guest means not only those who are close and intimate friends and relatives, but also unknown strangers who are in need of shelter and food, passer-byers, and travelers. They all come within the category of guest-- according to our AM definition. Sometimes then guests may be someone whom you may not have known prior. And in all these circumstances our duty it not to judge them by their so-called caste ,community, or race etc, but rather to serve them as expressions of Parama Purusa. There days in city life, usually travelers stay in hotels, but often these travelling to villages and small towns often depend upon the help of local inhabitants. So in that case those travelers become our guests. For instance, suppose someone was walking or driving on a long journey and they realise that they could not go any further. Then they may have to stay in a small town or village. Then it is our duty to extend our hospitality. Unfortunately in those modern era, many persons have become so selfish that opportunists realised that starting hotels would be a good business. Because it could be seen that hosts thought it was a headache to have guests stay with them. This is especially the case in the modern cities. While in remote areas they still consider the concept of serving guests is an honoured tradition. As Ananda Margiis we should also carry this responsibility wherever & whenever possible. Here is another aspect to this situation. Just image how hard it would have been to do pracar in those so-called third world countries if villages had not provided the basic needs to our acaryas etc. Nowadays in this 21st century, selfishness has grown so much that those who have more opportunities do not care about others. This becomes even more vivid then when natural calamities occur. In that case many times people just think for themselves and try to take advantage of the situation. Tragically, this is what has happened in at least one recent disaster. Note 2: In Sanskrit, Atithi means 'guest'; and the etymological meaning Atithi is A + Tithi, A=no & Tithi= date. So those who come without any planning with regards to date or time is known as a guest; or those who come without any forewarning. Hence the tradition is that when anyone comes at anytime they are respected and received in the honoured way as guest or atithi.

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