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"Everyone is Welcome..."

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 23:38:31 -0400 To: AM-GLOBAL From: Patrick Russell Subject: "Everyone is Welcome..." Baba PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is talking directly with Baba and telling that-- 'He (Parama Purusa) is calling me but what can I give Him'. So the devotee is confiding to Baba in an intimate way-- but doing so in unqiue fashion by referring to Baba as "He" and "Him". When indeed all the while the sadhaka is talking directly with Baba. "Aja'na' Pathik a'j keno d'a'ke a'ma'ke..." (P.S. 3554) Purport: Why is the Aja'na Pathik calling me today. He is the vast Entity; He is Parama Purusa. And I am meagre; I am just a small molecule. What can I give Him. Why is He calling me. My life-- my entire spiritual existence-- is like one very tiny earthen lamp that is flickering and on the verge of extinguishing. But even then, by trying with all my heart, I have kept that lamp lit. Does He not know about this tale. I am dancing directly in front of Him-- is He not aware about this. I am just like a firefly; and my existence is revolving around worldly things & mundane allurements-- just I go on dancing circling around that moonlight. But when I think about His greatness then I lose myself, again & again, in His divine effulgence. And still now I am floating in His pull and when I feel His love then my whole existence becomes charmed and vibrated. Today, the Aja'na' Pathik has come to my heart. It is His grace, it is His grace...
Namaskar, One of the oldest & on-going slogans for attracting people into any particular fold is to proclaim: 'Everyone is welcome to join'. By using this alluring and magical phrase, then innumerable innocent people invariably get attracted and mistakenly think, 'Such organisers must be sweet & open-minded, I should certainly join in'. But what such commoners fail to realise is that either (a) those organisers are secretly harbouring a deep-seeded narrow agenda, or (b) those organisers themselves are totally naive and short-sighted. In either case the ultimate result is dissension, division, and the formation of one far-fetched breakaway group. So if in the name of unity and solidarity, one set of organisers states, 'All are welcome to join', then everyone should be alert and keep a thousand miles away. Because falling into that enticing trap will not yield beneficial results. Before writing any more about this let's take a look at a few examples.
Around the globe, communists have tried hard to attract all types of people: "Everyone". So from India to China to Cuba to Russia-- and in so many places-- those communist organisers chanted again and again, 'All are welcome, anyone and everyone can join.' Hearing this, innocent bystanders and poor workers got duped thought that these communists want to create a united movement based on equality and fairness and bring everyone together. So in their innocence those simple people put their name on the doted line. After all it seemed harmless enough. First such new enrollees went to a meeting; then they participated in a rally; then they were given some 'job' to do; and thereafter they got involved in some outlandish anti-social schemes, including fighting and bloodshed. This is and was the natural progression. And in the end those innocent workers became so brainwashed and so involved in communist dealings that they became totally separate from the main line of society until finally-- having no other money and no other resources-- they had no option but to live full-time within those communist ranks. This is the deceitful and duplicitous way that communists gobbled up so many people into their fold. And it all started with the simple proclamation, 'All are welcome'. Yet instead of creating any type of benevolent unity, the final result was a close-minded, separatist party or fascist government that was despised by the rest of the world-- by all right thinking people. So this phrase, 'Everyone is welcome' has nothing to do with consciousness raising or uniting people of diverse backgrounds etc; just it is one tricky ploy to lure the masses into a particular factional fold. It is a dirty strategy employed by communists and so many crude elements in the society. Indeed the Black Muslims in the US and various labor unions or religious factions around the globe have used this same approach and always it has proved disastrous. Unfortunately, since 1990, this same deceitful tactic has been used frequently by various groups within our Marga. And always the result has been the same: Disunity, fighting, and dissension etc.
In our recent history, various organisers have tried to attract Ananda Margiis with their charming phrase, 'Everyone is welcome to join'. Mr. Bhola Shah and his fake AMURT agency in Switzerland did this; Mr Shyam Sundar (aka Ravi or Ron Logan) and his crude ASM organisation in USA did this; Vasudeva and his separatist group in SUVA did this; Pranavananda and his so-called unity team in Himalayas did this. And various others have tried. They all canvassed around the globe with their alluring slogan, 'Everyone is welcome'. Yet in the end they drowned in their narrow agenda of trying to gather innocent masses into their fold and create their own factional enterprise. And the proof is this: Never in such cases did unity or a benevolent outcome arise. Mr. Bhola Shah & Mr Shyam Sundar became so far out in their ways that they cannot see 'eye to eye' with anyone in the AM mission. Thus what started out as a seemingly high-minded ideal-- 'Everyone is welcome'-- quickly reveal it real colour of being just one separatist approach. In that case who can say that any consciousness raising was done. No one. Because their slogan, 'Everyone is welcome' never had anything to do with bringing greater consciousness within the Marga; rather it had everything to do with recruiting enlistees into their crude faction etc. That is why if the words 'Bhola & AMURT' or 'Shyam Sundar and ASM' etc are mentioned, then everyone cringes and thinks what a bunch of separatist elements proved to be.
Then of course there are a few more cases in our Marga that have also used this ploy, 'Everyone is welcome' and such factions were met with varying degrees of so-called success. This is especially going on since PP's passing.
Before mentioning these groups, it should be reminded that the current Rudrananda led administration is basically a farce and has nothing to do with the ideals of AM. So the aim of this entire mail is not to defend the current administration but rather to understand how various groups get formed and realise that these separatist formations further splint and divide our Marga. If we were all united yet suppressed by one crude ruling faction, then that problem is relatively easy to solve. But when there is division all around and there are vying factions trying to dupe people into coming into their camp, then that is quite a nightmarish scene and extremely difficult to resolve. That is the danger of all these various factions. Yet that is what we are up against in our Marga today. And here the point is not to let things degenerate any further-- into more groups and factions. That should be avoided at any and all cost.
Here then is a list of others in AM who have also employed the phrase-- 'Everyone is welcome'-- in order to form their own group. Firstly, the NIA captain has tried this technique, although he has narrowed his welcome to the 8 sectors outside of India. Nonetheless his basic strategy of bringing unity is to masquerade his factional feelings and lust for power with the phrase, 'Everyone is welcome'. Though it is a bit odd to have adopted such a phrase when the very name NIA is itself racist. But that is what he has done and it is all driven by the grand ideal of grabbing a Purodhaship or two. Nothing more. Ultimately this team is mostly just fading away. Secondly, and more seriously is the case with Sarvatmananda's B group. They also proclaim, 'Everyone is welcome' and to that end they have secured various non-Bengali speaking and a few overseas margiis into their fold. Various margiis-- in their innocence-- have been allured by the slogan 'Everyone is welcome, we are just doing Baba's work'. But in getting such people from different lands the B brigade is not one step closer to achieving unity-- just they have a broader political base to support their groupist stand. So the deeper reality is that instead of establishing a united our AM mission, after court cases, on-going fighting, and murderous killings, we are witness to nothing but a vying political faction that has put a wedge into our Marga. So B group's slogan, 'everyone is welcome' has nothing to do with unity and consciousness raising and everything to do with joining a separatist group. And the proof is that, after so many attacks and counter-attacks, their approach leads to disunity and division and this is marked by the fact that it would be absolutely impossible to put Sarvatmananda and Rudrananda in the same room and expect there to be good feeling. Rather there would just be hatred and contempt. So who can say that the slogan 'everyone is welcome' is an act of consciousness raising. Hence today, when the EC team has also been adopting this narrative, 'everyone is welcome', then none should get allured and lulled into their false invitation. Because the end will only be more division and scorn, not a unified AM.
Side by side, there are various innocent-minded citizen groups in the general society around the globe as well as many well-intentioned margiis who truly think the way to overcome the ruling exploitative forces is to invite everyone to join a new forum-- but that ultimately becomes one competing parallel structure. So even in their innocence many form a group when using the phrase 'everyone is welcome to join', even if that was not their intended practice.
Here it should be said that this letter is not aimed toward any individual-- not Rudrananda, nor Sarvatmananda, nor anyone. This is a message against groupism itself. Because groupism is the problem not anyone individual per se. Irregardless who one is-- whether they be a thief, gangster, billionaire, or pseudo-culture star, as soon as one adopts the ideals of AM in their heart then they become an apostle of unity and peace. Whereas, as long as one adheres to any fissiparous tendency then they are an agent of groupism. So all have the inherent capacity to bring forth positive change to the world-- it just depends upon the approach. Groupism is the problem not any individual per se.
Baba's prescribed method for bringing unity then is NOT to invite everyone into a particular fold in order to grab the power, as many are doing today. Rather Baba benevolently guides us to raise the social consciousness. Through songs, dramas, writing, speeches, debates, emails, and so many other avenues we are to raise consciousness by discussing and pondering the issues, not grab enlistees in a new forum or group. By making all aware of the curtailment of margii rights, the existence of fake Ananda Vaniis, and by raising consciousness about so many unideological things like expulsion, Fake BP Manual, dogmatic tiirthas such as the Memorials etc, scriptural distortions, vicitimisation of innocent margiis, destruction of the ACB, and countless other important issues, then surely the ideological consciousness will rise in AM. And that will bring unity. baba says, "Without arousing social consciousness, it is next to impossible to bring about social welfare. It may not be possible to bring about social welfare through constructive programmes and through the struggle against injustice alone; social consciousness is indispensable." (NKS: Disc 26) Hence, Baba's guideline is that only by raising everyone's awareness and by addressing and solving the aforementioned issues that unity will result, not by inviting everyone into a particular forum or camp per se. So our approach must be issue oriented because that is the seed for bringing unity. Where all rally around the saffron flag of AM and for the divine ideals that our flag represents. That is our calling, not getting duped into joining a particular faction just because they are saying, 'everyone is welcome to join'.
Ultimately, saying 'everyone is welcome to join' is no different from the cheating tactics employed by capitalists when they announce, 'Sale!' or 'Discount Prices' or 'We want to serve you' or 'Rebate!' etc. All these slogans are just ways that capitalists try to allure people into their shop. And by this way the common people get duped and cheated and the capitalists fatten their wallets and snag more clout in the society. Similarly when so-and-so organiser in AM says, 'All are welcome to join', there is no benefit for the common people or the mission. Only the devious interests of the party concerned are served-- not anyone or anything else.
By Baba's grace unity is on its way in our Marga. All around town more and more are raising ideological points and when that social consciousness reaches a critical threshold, then we will have a united Ananda Marga centered around Baba's divine teachings. And that is the only unity. So all should beware of any false attempts shrouded in the words, 'Everyone is welcome'-- such a shallow phrase can never bring welfare to our Marga. Baba says, "Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means unity in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical unity will also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic – ideological unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind. However, psychic or ideological unity may be affected if we encourage the exploitation of one group by another. So to avoid this there should not be any scope for exploitation in society. And to ensure this we have to start a new order to safeguard the interests of the exploited masses. So for a proper social synthesis what we require is a common philosophy of life; that is, ideological unity." (PNS-15) Namaskar, Paramatma
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Baba says, "The Sadguru is saying something, and the deaf or dumb man wants to hear it but cannot. If one concentrates the mind on Vara'bhaya Mudra', there will be the direct effect of positive microvita on the auricular or other nerve cells and also on the controlling cells, and it may be that all of a sudden he may get back the power of hearing. One should look towards this mudra' and not to anything else. Microvita are radiated through this mudra'. This is the inner secret." (MVNS, p.65)

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