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Human Stampedes Around the Globe

Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 23:49:57 -0400 To: From: Douglass Lauder Subject: Human Stampedes Around the Globe Baba "Tumi sudha'taraunge khelicho raunge saba'r saunge niyato..." (PS 700) Purport: Baba, You have been playing Your divine game since eternity. It is filled with the vibration of colour and nectar. You are playing with one and all. You never get tired; You never stop; You go on working day and night. Your liila is eternal. Even when there was no creation, no planets, stars or galaxies, and also there was no existence of the vast sky, that time there was nothing. In that great void since eternity You were ever-present, remaining alone. Even before and prior to the beginning of the creation You were there, emanating with Your divine vibration. Baba Your liila cannot be expressed in words and language. Since eternity You have been present and You will remain forever. You are the Nucleus of this whole cosmic cycle...
Namaskar, To see just where people's values are today, we need look no further than recent tragic cases of human stampedes, i.e. when human beings are trampled to death by others. As we will see, such horrific events result when a society falls prey to either a matter-centered or dogma-centered philosophy.
Just recently at a Walmart store in New York, hundreds and hundreds of anxious shoppers burst into the store and trampled (i.e. killed) one employee as they stampeded inside in order to get special deals. Here is an excerpt from the report: "...the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him." Such is the disease of materialism these days. In order to get a "good deal" on mundane things-- not even the essentials of life like food and clothing-- just mundane toys and electronics etc, one human being got brutally killed by shoppers. This needless death happened due to the the spell of materialism. The selfish rush for matter has totally overpowered and clouded the human personality. People, drowned in a matter-centered philosophy, know that the objects on this earth are limited, so they rush to get one of the those limited things before they are all gone. Whether it be a new i-Pod, or a Barbie doll, they think, 'I must get one'. Baba says, "People who follow matter-centred philosophy want to enjoy anything and everything for their own interest... In matter-centred philosophy, enjoyment of material objects is the main motive." (PNS-18) Matter is worshiped in such a society-- it is their religion. In this regard, the US holds the very unenviable role of being top-most materialistic nation. That is why common citizens will even trample over another human being to buy a computer game or regular household item at a discounted rate. Such is the extent of the disease of materialism in the US.
Other countries also experience such types of death, but rarely for purely materialistic reasons, though recently there was a trampling death in China at a super store. "Shoppers eager to buy goods on sale stampeded at a Carrefour supermarket in southwestern China on Saturday, trampling three people to death and injuring at least 31, state media reported." So now that China is becoming more materialistic-- and partially because due to Communism still not all the basic needs are given to everyone-- such a trampling has occurred. Outside of materialistic nations like the US, usually tramplings happen at dogmatic pilgrimages like Hajj of the Khumba Mela that such stampedes happen.
Due to religious dogma-- and the belief that one limited parcel of land is holy-- has caused innumerable human stampedes in various countries. "On the first day of the Hajj [in Mecca], the annual pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammad. The worst stampede happened in 1990, when 1,426 pilgrims were trampled to death." "More than 145 people were trampled to death yesterday [April 2008] when up to 3,000 panicking pilgrims stampeded from a hilltop temple in northern India.The stampede began as a vast crowd of Hindu worshipers, chanting and singing hymns, were snaking up a two and a half mile path leading to the temple in Himachal Pradesh state." So from Jerusalem to Varanasi, and wherever else people deem a particular patch of land to be holy, religious fundamentalists will trample over their brother in order to set foot in that land. This is all due to religious dogma and the belief that their dogma or holy land is very great and should be achieved at any and all cost-- even at the expense of another's life. People who follow dogma-centred philosophy believe in dogma, wrong sentiments and foolish ideas... People who follow dogma-centred philosophy exploit others in the name of providence for their own self-interest." (PNS-18)
Indeed in each and very corner of this earth stampedes occur for petty and dogmatic reasons. In South America and Africa there is a history of human stampedes at football matches. "More than 100 people died in Ghana in the fourth soccer tragedy to strike Africa in a month. The stampede at the Accra Stadium was the most deadly on the soccer-mad continent." Then in other lands, pseudo-culture rock concerts are the cause of stampedes. And like that in each and every country, stampedes occur. It all depends upon what the people value most. That is what determines where a potential stampede will take place. If the country it is very materialistic, the stampede will occur at a store like Walmart. If the country is suffering from extreme religious dogma then stampede will occur at a so-called holy site. And if the country is sports-crazed or whatever else, then the stampede or human trampling will occur at that venue. That is the way it works. All of which is a result of the people losing sight of the value of human life and being tunnel-visioned toward some type of dogmatic or crude limited thing.
The only answer to the tragedy of human stampedes is adopting a God-centered philosophy. Humans are psychic beings and it only when we tap into our deeper nature are we able to escapes the throes of dogma and matter. Then only are we able to recognise the tremendous value of human life. In that case one will not trample over another human being for the sake of buying a discounted toy or placing their foot on some so-called holy land. That is how the selfishness of matter-centered and dogma-centered philosophies rot the human mind. That is why Baba has declared such types of philosophies must be eradicated. Baba says, "As I have already said, dogma-centred, matter-centred and self-centred theories will have to be replaced by a God-centred philosophy in the very near future." (PNS-18) Only a God-centered philosophy enables human beings to realise the value of humanity and develop themselves in a way befitting of a human being. Then we will not get allured into trampling on one another but will instead help and serve each other. But this transformation can only occur with the implementation of the God-centred philosophy of Prout. Baba says, "PROUT is the only panacea. If the God-centred philosophy of PROUT does not come forward immediately to fill this vacuum, some other ideology will, because it is a law of nature that something will fill a vacuum once it has been created. If this ideological vacuum is not filled by PROUT, a great catastrophe will take place in the future because other defective philosophies will come forward. Some dogma-centred, matter-centred or self-centred theories will occupy the space. We cannot allow this to happen." (PNS-18)
By His grace, the craze associated with human stampedes will soon be a thing of the past. People will no longer be trampled at Wal-Marts or at different holy lands. Instead, with our spiritual outlook our value system will reflect what is truly most important in life. Baba says, "Spiritual philosophy is the hub. By propagating spirituality, implementing PROUT and rendering selfless service to suffering humanity, you will be able to elevate the standard of human beings in a very short time." (PNS-18) Namaskar, Mahendra
******************************************* Should We Sing these types of Prabhat Samgiita in Our Sadhana Time
Some innocent margiis & wts on different occasions sing certain Prabhat Samgiita related with Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. And they do so as part of their spiritual practice. But according to Baba's guideline this is wrong. Baba says, "Observe non-compromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of Is't'a." (Point 10 of Sixteen Points) Note: According to this above guideline, Baba is telling that there should be pointedness in Ista. For Ananda Margiis, Baba is the Ista. When we do sadhana then we do sadhana for Him. But some innocent margiis when they are singing Prabhat Samgiita songs then a few forget this very fact. And unknowingly they sing the song of Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva. But that is going against this very teaching. Their mind gets bifurcated since they sing about Lord Krsna and Shiva in Prabhat Samgiita and in their heart they have love for Baba. So it is not working properly. That is why in numerous discourse Baba guides us that there should be pointed devotion towards Ista. So the only question that remains then is why has Baba created these types of songs about Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna and included them in His Prabhat Samgiita collection. The point is that these songs are for non-margiis. And our duty is to know the meaning and words so that we can teach them these songs. Thus these songs are for non-margiis devotees-- ie followers of Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva.

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