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Do You Want Something Valuable or Worthless

Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 23:08:26 -0600 To: AM-GLOBAL From: "Paul Paltrow" Subject: Do You Want Something Valuable or Worthless Baba "Toma'r ka'che ca'i na' kono ma'n, ca'i na' kono yash..." (P.S. 825) Purport: Baba, by Your grace I am not asking for any name, fame, or prestige from You. These type of desires I do not have. By Your grace, I do not want to plunge myself into the vanity of all those worldly things. Rather I want to keep my mind exclusively focused upon Your lotus feet. This devotional longing I have. Baba, since the crimson rays of the dawn, You have colored my days with the rainbow color. You have decorated everything. It is Your grace. When evening falls, then I feel Your proximity and Your divine dance. I see Your liila in the form of countless stars shining in the sky. Baba, all the time You are with me-- in all the spheres of my life. You make everything charming and colorful. What You have graciously done for me, that is enough. You have granted me everything. By hearing the chirping of the birds, I listen to Your songs. In this way, I feel Your blissful presence. And when the sky is covered with clouds and by the dance of the peacock, You create beauty in my life. Baba, everywhere I feel Your divine grace-- Your eternal presence in this divine liila. You are behind each and every expression of this universe. You are in every form. Everywhere I feel Your presence. I am never alone. In my good days and bad times, always You are with me. And in this way everything becomes meaningful and joyful. Baba, it is Your grace...
Namaskar, Baba wants what we should be successful and do something great in this human life. In so many discourses He reminds us about what is the aim of life as well as how we can achieve it. Of course every human being wishes to find greatness - lasting peace and happiness in life. Baba says, "There is in the living being a thirst for limitlessness." (A'nanda Sutram, 2-5, Purport) Everyone wants to do something great and create one permanent footprint on this earth. All want to do something lasting and be remembered forever. But, in this material world, it is very easy to get side-tracked and caught up in mundane, fleeting allurements like a big house, money, prestige, etc. We become blinded and think that crude objects can satisfy our longing of greatness. That is why Baba repeatedly warns us about the impermanence of mundane gains and vigilantly reminds us that we should be focused on the permanence of spiritual attainment. That is how we are to utilise our human life. In one Hindi discourse, the last chapter of AV-26 (H), Baba gives us a graphic example of the extreme temporary nature of worldly things. By this way we may again orient our focus to the Supreme and do something of eternal importance while on this earth.
The bulk of people on this earth chase after mundane fancies thinking this will be their heart's delight. Money, tasty treats, sexual escapades, fancy vacations, new cars - all these things dominate people's quest in this world. We see evidence of this every day on every street corner. But Baba categorically states that such things will not last . In His discourse, Baba says that getting mundane treats is like writing on the surface of water. Before one even finishes that task, the satisfaction or effect of that endeavor is gone. For instance, when former President Bush first came into office and attacked Afghanistan, then his approval rating was 90% and he was sitting on top of the world. Yet a short while later in that same presidency, he had the lowest approval ratings in history. Likewise, the so-called great financier Bernard Madoff held the accounts of the world's most famous people, and now he is living in infamy in prison. Similarly, Mrs Indhira Gandhi was thinking that she was unbeatable and that no worldly power could knock her from her perch, only to be later assassinated by her own body guard. And it is not just with famous people, everyone experience such things. People do everything for their physical beauty only to have that one day wither away. People find new mates thinking it to be heaven on earth. They think it will be long lasting and that they will never separate or quarrel. Yet then they suffer when they and their mate fight or kill each other, or their mate betrays them. If someone thinks that their relationship is good and will be a lasting force in their life, then all they need to do is wait for tomorrow. Because nothing mundane is permanent in this world. And there are so many examples that crop up. Baba says, "Today a hungry person may get relief from hunger with the help of money, but tomorrow the hunger will again return and the person will require more food. Liberation with the help of money can never be permanent." (AV-4) Baba says, "People run after money for the only reason that they believe they can maintain their lives under the shelter of money; that is to say, money alone can save them. But they do not know that money can provide them neither permanent stability nor a securely-founded shelter. Even during the span of their lives, money will come and go several times. At times its glamour will dazzle their eyes, and sometimes it will make them cry, hunger-stricken. Not to speak of money alone, all finite objects have this characteristic." (SS-1) Although money is needed, but it is not the goal of life - one should not dedicate themselves solely to earning money. That is why Baba says that although we have to live in this material sphere we should not take that as the summum bonum of life. Because those achievements will not last long - they are like writing in water, the epitome of impermanence, vanishing before our very eyes. It you want to have something permanent, spiritual sadhana is needed.
The next level up is in the intellectual plane or psychic pursuits. In this sphere of life, people learn new things, get university degrees, study other languages, gain mastery in physics or chemistry, become scholars etc. All these stand as psychic achievement. And they think that this is of permanent nature. This is their delusion. Because this type of learning and respect will not last forever. According to Baba these things also do not last long - here today gone tomorrow. Although they may not be as temporary as physical pleasure or comforts, intellectual learning will not stand the test of time. Baba says, "For example, after reading 200 pages of a book you will surely forget 199 of them. You cannot remember even one complete page, not even one full sentence. You are likely to confuse this word with that." (AFPS-7) Thus we can hardly retain anything that we learn. And not just that, we may engage our entire life in a particular profession only to one day become ignorant of that very topic. For instance, a Supreme Court justice may learn all there is to know about the law, only to then suffer from dementia later in life such that they cannot even remember their own name or who their sons and daughters are, let alone understand the first thing about the constitution. And what to speak of dementia, most adults in good health cannot even remember the nuances or fundamentals about they studied in university. So here again we see that intellectual achievement is also fleeting.
Rather than writing one's greatness on the surface of water as in the case of physical pursuits, or writing one's glory on the surface of sand as in intellectual pursuits, our approach should be writing in stone as in cultivating more and more devotion and reaching toward Him. As we know, that is the central approach for human beings because only devotion is permanent. Devotion, of course, means decreasing the radius or distance between oneself and Parama Purusa. And that progress is the only lasting progress in this universe. It stays with us not just throughout this life, but from one life to the next. For instance, most who come onto the path of Ananda Marga have good samskaras. They did some puja or spiritual practices in their previous life and that is why in this life they got Brahma as the Guru. Baba says, "Vaedikii diiks'a' is to request God, request the Lord, to show one the right path. And after a long time, when the Lord is satisfied, He arranges for Ta'ntrikii diiks'a'. Ananda Marga diiks'a' is Ta'ntrikii diiks'a'." (AV-3) Thus our spiritual endeavor and resultant devotion is lasting and stays with us up to our merger with Him, by His grace. Without our prior sadhana from past lives, in this life we would just be involved in dogmatic forms of prayer like idol worship, namaj, going to confession in the Catholic Church, doing deity puja, or visiting tiirtha sites and fake holy lands etc. While in this human body then we should engage the maximum amount of time in spiritual sadhana as that will have a permanent effect on our growth and development. That will lead us unto Him and the attainment of lasting peace and greatness on this earth. That is why in comparison to mundane and intellectual engagements, spiritual practice is like writing in stone. Devotion is lasting and will never leave us and with this quality all kinds of great things can be done - such sadhakas are remembered for ages and ages. Baba says, "This blended devotion enables spiritual aspirants to attain the pinnacled goal of their lives. It is this devotion that human beings have been seeking since time immemorial. When they finally attain the guru and get initiation, then they begin to walk on this path of devotion. And those who have started on this path realize that they are sure to reach their destination, that to reach their goal is the sole reason for their birth. You should remember why you have been born. Following the path of devotion, you will have to ultimately reach Parama Purus'a. This is the pinnacled point, the supreme point of human glory. You should always remember this, during your lifetime and even after your death." (YP)
So no one should waste their time on this earth chasing after material and mundane things, lest their life pass in vain. In the end, in the face of death, one will merely cry thinking that I have done nothing lasting on this earth. Baba says, "The worship of Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else you will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last drop of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life worthwhile through your sa'dhana'. How much can your worldly friends and relations do for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask, “How much money has he left behind?” Your friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in flattering reminiscences about you. Your husband or wife may cry for you for about ten or twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your lot will be only a profound sigh – a record of the futility and frustration of your life. So do not waste your time lest you later have to repent." (SS-3) None should face this predicament and the only escape is to engage wholeheartedly in spiritual life.
By Baba's grace He has given the path and the way to achieve lasting greatness on this earth and beyond. Baba says, "The goal of dharma is the attainment of Brahma; its base and its movement are Brahma-centered. Brahma is the Absolute Entity independent of time, space and person; He is permanent. Brahma sa'dhana', therefore, is the sa'dhana' for the attainment of the permanent entity." (SS-6) Namaskar, Punya'tman
Baba says, "People may ask, “We are ordinary people. If we always keep ourselves absorbed in the thought of Brahma, can we properly attend to our worldly duties?” To this my reply is, of course you can, and you will do them still more beautifully. In the worship of Brahma there is a method by which easily and perfectly every worldly duty can be performed." (SS-3)

Ongoing Dogma

Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 22:35:11 -0000 Subject: Ongoing Dogma To: From: Satiish K Bhatia" Baba "Cirka'ler bandhu nikat'e ese ghum bha'ungio..." (PS 3002) Purport: O' my eternal Bandhu*, since the early dawn of my journey You have been along with me. Baba, when my very first life began-- long, long, ago-- since that time You have kept me in Your shelter. O' my dearmost Baba, please be gracious; please come very close and break my slumber. By Your grace, bless me with the realisation that I have come from You and that one day I will return unto You. Baba, if ever I become indulged and engrossed in crude materialistic thoughts then please be gracious and awaken me by blessing me with samvit-- spiritual consciousness. Baba, if ever I fall then by Your grace please bring me back onto the path of divinity. Baba, You know the ins and outs of everything; nothing is unknown to You. Baba, You know all there is to know about me. You are present everywhere. You eternally reside in each and every pore of this whole creation. You are Vishnu-- that all-pervading entity. Baba, my bounden duty is to remember You always. But if somehow I forget You and get lost in crudity-- in the spell of avidya maya, then in such a circumstance please be gracious and You Yourself pull me back onto the path of divinity. Baba, You are forever playing Your divine liila. Baba, this liila of Yours is beginningless and endless; it just goes on and on; it never stops. With this liila You are playing Your game of hide and seek. Baba, You are everywhere and I want to have Your closeness, but it is very difficult and tedious to find You. All the confusion & illusion of avidya maya does not allow me to see You. That does not allow me to come in contact with Your divine Self. Baba, without Your grace it is not possible to get You. O' my Lord, please bless me with the gift of true knowledge, diipak jva'lio*, and grace me with Your varabhaya mudra. Baba, please grace me with Your divine enlightenment: Only then can I see You. O' my eternal Bandhu, please be gracious. Without Your grace nothing is possible. Baba, You are my nearest and dearest eternal One...
*Bandhu= Parama Purusa is the nearest and dearest of all living beings. Separation from Him is unbearable; nobody can exist without Him. That is why He is called Bandhu. Only Parama Purusa is Bandhu. Baba says, "'Atya'go sahano bandhu'-- the person who cannot tolerate separation is a 'bandhu'. When the tie of love is so great that a person cannot tolerate any separation from you, he is called your bandhu... Parama Purus'a is the only real bandhu. He loved you in the past; He will love you in the future. He alone is Bandhu." (AV-4, 'Your Real Friend') *Diipak Jva'lio= 'Please light the lamp of divinity and remove the darkness of ignorance'. As a Sadguru Baba graces us with true, inner knowledge by lighting our lamp within. And that is one of the main messages of this particular Prabhat Samgiita. By His grace an idea similar to the one expressed in the above Prabhat Samgiita is expressed in our Guru Puja. About this I think most are aware.
"...Jina'na'injana shala'kaya'..."
Baba says, "You know that an eye ointment is applied with a stick ('Shala'ka' means stick). Now, all the microcosms are parts of that Noumenal Entity, all are actually parts and particles of that Supreme Entity, but due to ignorance, due to the darkness of ignorance, they cannot see what is what and which is which. That is why they require the ointment of spiritual knowledge. Guru (with a stick) applies the ointment of spiritual knowledge to their eyes." (AV-3)
Namaskar, During my usual pracara work with my Dit.S. Dada, I visited various remote villages of the district. And in those travels I became surprised to see that long-term, senior margiis were singing Shivagiiti at the time of Paincajanya. Not once did I witness this but on numerous occasions. Because I got the opportunity to stay in those remote villages. And in those places they are without basic communication-- let alone email. Then still this dogma of Shivagiiti and paincajanya is going on. Actually they think the two are interlinked. That one cannot happen without the other. And this may not be an isolated case; there may be other places where this is going on. Some of our brothers and sisters may have their own opinion about this-- whether it is a dogma or not. So I thought to invite others to think about this and I have written the following with the hope that others will also share their thoughts and perspectives. One way to begin is by reviewing the history. Here then is one look into the past to see into the situation.
Per my recollection and discussion with other senior Margiis what follows is a brief history of how the dogma of singing ShivaGiiti got established in AMPS. As many margiis know, in 1982 Baba graciously gave the book Namah Shivaya Shantaya (NSS). I remember that Baba delivered many of the discourses during general darshan in front of the margiis and acaryas. And other chapters Baba did in straight dictation format privately in His room in Patna directly with Vijayanandji. One such discourse was 'Shiva in the Song of Shiva', discourse #19 of the book Namah Shivaya Shantaya. And that very chapter begins with the ShivaGiiti song, "Jaya shubhavajradhara...", which is actually a song Baba wrote long back in His childhood. Because that time on 8 August 1982 when Baba was giving the dictation, then Baba told to all that this ShivaGiiti is one song which He composed for Shiva in his childhood. And then and there Baba sang the Shivagiiti song and made the Dadas note it down. Of course as we know now that just over 2 1/2 years later on 28 March 1985 in Kolkata, Baba included this very same ShivaGiiti song "Jaya shubhavajradhara shubhra kalevara" in His Prabhat Samgiita collection as song number 2526. But 8 August 1982 was the day that Baba first revealed this Shiva Giiti song to Ananda Margiis. And that was the time when He in was dictating the Namah Shivaya Shantaya book.
So that time immediately news quickly spread that Baba has just revealed one song which He has written in His childhood. And everyone was very excited. Because those days in August 1982, it was a difficult task to find songs which Baba had composed Himself, since Baba had not yet begun His Prabhat Samgiita collection. We know that Prabhat Samgiita first began on 14 Sep 1982. So original songs composed by Baba were unavailable those days in August 1982. That is why Dadas were encouraging everyone to sing the ShivaGiiti bhajan because this was composed by Baba. So all thought that, 'okay this is good'. And as there was no existence of Prabhat Samgiita so everyone was feeling comfortable. Simultaneously that very time in 1982 Baba also introduced the practice of paincajanya into Ananda Marga. And according to Baba's direction, everyone was supposed to sing a song during this newly given paincajanya program. So those days in Aug of 1982 Dadas were vigorously moving all around giving two basic messages: (1) That Baba has given a new devotional program that is to be done in all AM units. And that program is paincajanya. And the singing of a song is compulsory in this program. (2) That Baba has recently revealed one of His original songs: the ShivaGiiti. In this way many Ananda Margiis mixed up the two matters and developed the fixed idea in their mind that the Shiva Giiti song is the song of paincajanya.
Furthermore, those days Baba used to encourage Samaj members to compose their own songs. And I remember how that time Baba used to arrange competitions between one samaj and another samaj on the point of composing and singing their Prout or social or devotional songs. This style of competition went on for few weeks. We should not forget that this was the pre-stage of Prabhat Samgiita planning. So in 1982 first Baba inspired all the margiis to compose their own songs and when they could not make proper songs, then Baba Himself started giving His own song. And in that way Baba's fountain of Prabhat Samgiita songs started. The history is like this: Those days Baba was moving around in Bihar and as I recall in the end of August He was in Kolkata. Then after a short tour Baba reached Deoghar. And it was on the historic day of 14 September 1982 in Deoghar, Bihar Baba composed His first Prabhat Samgiita, 'Bandhu he niye calo'.
Here then we should analyse how ShivaGiiti got established in the Paincajanya program. Basically those Margiis who got the message from Dadas about the new paincajanya program before the creation of Prabhat Samgitia, they started using the ShivaGiiti song because those days ShivaGiiti was easily available. And when Prabhat Samgiita started coming then some units started using Prabhat Samgiita directly in their paincajanya program. But already some units were habituated with ShivaGiiti and in this way singing ShivaGiiti at paincajanya had taken root in many AM units. And for those who started with Shiva Giiti, that tradition continued on for years and years. And today in some places today it is still going on. But in my heart I do not think that it should and will continue much longer. Because although in philosophical sense Lord Shiva, Lord Krsna, and Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji are one, but with the strict adherence to Ista no Ananda Margii should worship or meditate on Lord Krsna or Lord Shiva. Reason being that mind is one and at the same time it cannot focus on or be dedicated to two or three different Entities.
And here is another way of looking at it. Everybody is aware that Paincajanya is one very beautiful, dharmic, and devotional program. But linked up with that program is one bulky dogma. Because paincajanya is about oneness with Ista, Baba. So if someone is singing the Shivagiiti in the morning then that goes against the basic devotional approach. Because in that sentient mood of the early morning dawn, we should remember Baba. He is our most loving and closest One. This is the common, sentimental feeling of the heart for every Ananda Margii: That Baba is our nearest and dearest One. Then why should we wake up in the morning and sing: 'Lord Shiva, victory is yours, Lord Shiva, victory is yours, Lord Shiva, victory is yours...' Why should we sing like this when it goes against the basic devotional feeling of the heart. All night we dream about Baba and then in the sweetness of the early dawn we want to sing exclusively for Him, a song related with Baba. Yet the Shivagiiti is something different. Philosophically speaking, one can make various connections but those cannot stand in the field of devotion. Because the devotional heart only knows One. And for Ananda Margiis that singular and most loving Entity is Baba. Hence in the devotional mood of the early morning dawn we should only sing songs that are for Him. Here I would like to conclude with this following Baba's teaching. Baba says, "Spiritual aspirants should remember that they will have to become dedicated to their Is't'a. They will have to establish a relationship of exclusive devotion to Is't'a. If there is not intense attachment to Is't'a in one's heart, then one cannot do anything". (AMIWL) Namaskar, Satiish Note 1: Please, if anyone else remembers others aspects of this history, please write and share with one and all. Note 2: I think all readers are aware of the fact that Baba wrote the ShivaGiiti song for non-margiis. And that we Margiis were / are responsible for learning this ShivaGiiti song in order to share with those devotees who have not yet come onto the path of AM and are involved in worshipping Lord Shiva. So that song is Baba's gift to those non-Margii devotees. In Baba's divine kingdom no one is left out or forgotten. Note 3: Till recently even in our local unit we were singing the ShivaGiiti song during paincajanya. But that practice has since stopped as we realised that when Baba alone is the Ista, then during our collective devotional practices we should sing songs of His glory, and not that of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Note 4: It was not entirely uncommon for Baba to take songs which He wrote in His childhood or during His student life and include them in His Prabhat Samgiita collection. For example, one other such song "Toma'r e asiim apa'r bha'laba'sa'r..." which Baba wrote as a young boy when seeing His grandmother pray to the Lord, and this song Baba later included in HIS Prabhat Samgiita collection as Prabhat Samgiita no. 209. In 1988 DMC Baba told about this.
*************************************** WT Conduct Rule: Laokika Family Relations
This following rule applies to all Wts: Baba says, "No relationship should exist with worldly family." (Pt 9 of '32 Rules...') Note 1: These days unfortunately the standard of Wts is quite low. They continue their relations with their own laokik family. But being an avadhuta doing like this is sin. Because for them the whole universe belongs to their family. True avadhutas will not commit such sin rather they will follow Baba's above guideline. Note 2: Some senior Wts are so thick skinned that in DC they openly brag and shamelssly tell stories about visiting their own loakik family members like their parents, brothers and sisters.

RDS & 12.5% Tax

Date: Fri 29 May 2009 23:03:16 -0000 To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: RDS & 12.5% Tax From: "Ishvara" Baba
== RDS & 12.5% TAX ==
Namaskar, Here is one brief look at how RDS is going on these days. This is all in follow-up to the recent letter titled, "News: Care of Injured WT"
Ever since Nigama'nanda became GFS (General Finance Secretary) after replacing Citkrsna'nanda more than 3 years ago, Nigama'nanda demanded that all workers give Ranchi 12.5% of all the money they receive as donations. Because of the ongoing crisis in our organisation, there are many fields where margiis have suffered at the hands of various Wt leaders. With their trust betrayed, many margiis are hesitant to give money. This is especially the case in areas where Ranchi controls the jagrti but is in clash with local margiis. For these reasons and more, many worker don't get money from margiis, they have to do market collection. Some workers depend on their laukik family, while many depend on senior dadas and didis, but to do this last option one must become spoon or "yes man".
Nigama'nanda and A'nanda Prabha' are very strict and merciless when it comes to getting money from workers. They harass simple wts again and agina on the point of taking money - all done in the name of 12.5%. This 12.5% is very unpopular now. If workers from a field where money is tight tell their problem about lack of funds, then Nigama'nanda is such an animal that he tells workers that "What!! You take food, don't you!?! You are not living on grass so give 12.5% your food money!" This time one Didi told that margiis are not supportive of Ranchi so they don't give here money. So she only got 500 Rs. Then Nigamananda told to add the expense of her train fare to the total and then give 12.5% of that amount. So this the very diffcult situation that many workers face. Because in the name of 12.5%, Nigamananda just snatches money from the pocket of simple wts. Workers are very frustrated. So this is 12.5% story. This is like "Zaziya' tax" of mughal period. That is why one important and respected senior margii recently said, "RDS = Rupee Devouring Session." That is the sad state of affairs nowadays. And it is not just Ranchi, but in their own way all the groups do such things.
By Baba's grace soon proper people will become supervisory workers and then Baba's guidelines will be followed. Baba says, "Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects." (Six Additional (WT) Rules, Point #2) Namaskar, Ishvara

Why Is Sadhana Difficult?

Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 23:51:03 +0530 To: Subject: Why Is Sadhana Difficult? From: Manomohan Sanyal Baba "A'lo jhariye madhu ks'ariye a'ndha'r sa'riye tumi esecho..." (P.S. 1233) Purport: Baba, You have come and by Your divine advent You are showering effulgence, exuding nectar, and wiping away all darkness. Baba, You have come-- making the flowers blossom & graciously spreading happiness and bliss to one and all. Baba, by Your august arrival everyone's hopes and longings have been fulfilled. Baba, living beings were awakened by the deep yearning and pain of longing in their heart. And with this feeling, in the anticipation & hope of Your coming, they were awake, watching for Your arrival-- constantly looking towards Your path. Baba, this pain and longing of devotees resonated in Your heart and You could no longer remain distant. Baba, You have come and You are graciously pouring the basket of love-- satisfying everyone's heart. The sleeping humanity has gotten new life by Your grace. Baba-- that river which dried up and evaporated, and that song which was lost in the oblivion-- the current of that very river and the tune of those songs You have graciously brought along with You.* Baba due to Your august advent You have inundated each and every heart with the nectar of devotion. This is Your causeless grace... * The inner idea is that when Parama Purusa comes and He saturates the heart with deep devotion, then all those feelings of love and which had dried up start to blossom. In the above song, the river signifies the flow of devotion and the song and melody refers to that subtler expression of devotional feeling.
Namaskar, Everyone in Ananda Marga wants to do sadhana; everyone desires to advance on the path and feel that bliss-- but, as we all know, sadhana is not always easily done. Rather, it is a most challenging endeavour. Theoretically we all understand well that sadhana should be done and even we have the desire and disciple to sit and try, but in the practical approach we encounter so many seen and unforeseen difficulties. The mind wonders; concentration is difficult; there seem to be an endless stream of unwanted thoughts that barrage the mind-- things we were not even thinking of before doing sadhana. Those are some of the mental obstacles. And then of course there are the physical hurdles as well: The knees hurt; the back aches; the body feels hungry etc. Indeed, when tallying it all, there are innumerable psychic and physical barriers that make doing sadhana extremely difficult.
Fortunately for us, by Baba's grace, He has given us a most helpful tool for overcoming these obstacles and making both the body and mind proper instruments for performing sadhana. And that helpful tool which Baba has given is our AM system of asanas. Asanas help calm and control the mind, as well as prepare the body for meditation.
However, of all our AM practices, we can say that asanas may be the most overlooked and disregarded. In our multi-disciplined approach of Ananda Marga, where every Ananda Margii, be they acarya or family person, engages in a grand array of yogic life practices, almost invariably the piece of the puzzle that gets left by the wayside most often is the asana portion-- but often that is the reason why sadhana is so difficult. And that is the irony. All want to do sadhana and feel His bliss, yet it is a difficult endeavour. And the very tool He has given for making sadhana easier, is overlooked in AM.
For instance, if you go to any retreat or any dharmacakra, then surely everyone will do their allotted iishvara pranidhan practice. Some may be extremely sincere and some may be slightly more routinized, but everyone does their first lesson practice-- invariably. And not only that, at retreats there is also scheduled time for doing the various other sadhana lessons as well. In this regard, most are quite faithful and sincerely attend to their tattva dharana, pranayama, dhyana, etc. That is why in Ananda Marga we say that, 'everyone does their sadhana'. Whether their sadhana is rewarding, fulfilling, is a separate point, but most everyone tries. On the point of asanas, however, there is a definite and distinct lapse. Take the following case: At a typical retreat of 150 attendees, 100% will sit and try to do their sadhana, and only a handful will do their prescribed asanas. This dichotomy we have all witnessed, thereby begging the question, 'Why in AM is there such a night and day difference between the number of people practicing sadhana and those doing asanas, do we not realise that asanas are the very tool for allowing us to progress in sadhana?'.
Perhaps, the reason for this strict adherence to sadhana and lack of effort in asanas is because some misunderstand the Supreme Command. Baba outrightly directs us to do sadhana "twice a day regularly". This we have all read and repeated hundreds of times. So, all have deep regard for sadhana, for meditation. But what many do not realise is that when Baba uses the term "sadhana" in the Supreme Command, He is also referring to our asana practice. Because asanas are an inherent part of sadhana; they are part and parcel of sadhana. And that He explains explicitly in Caryacarya; because without asanas one cannot get success in sadhana. But because the 'asana' term is not specifically mentioned in the Supreme Command, many feel 'more relaxed' about doing them, or, more precisely, not doing them. To think like this however is all nothing but one gigantic misnomer. Because in AM, asanas are a vital aspect of sadhana-- they are part of the sadhana term, they are part of our spiritual practice. But this some fail to realise and because asanas are not attended to, many sadhakas in AM suffer and are unable to progress in sadhana. This is the common problem many of us face.
And that is what this entire letter is about: How asanas are an integral and vital part of doing our sadhana, and how without doing asanas regularly then one cannot do proper meditation. So if anyone is experiencing difficulty doing sadhana, or having trouble concentrating, or suffering from a wandering mind, then often the answer lies in the fact that they are not strict in doing asanas.
In today's yoga craze in the general society, they view the yoga postures merely as a medium for improving physical health. This is their limited perspective. The dynamic pathway of Ananda Marga is quite different and unique. Our approach towards asanas is distinctly spiritual in nature. Baba has prescribed only those asanas which bring spiritual benefit to the practitioner, as an aide to help one perform sadhana. Baba says, "A'sanas are not prescribed for the general cure of diseases; only those diseases which create trouble in the path of meditation may be cured by the help of specific a'sanas, so that sa'dhana' may more easily be done." (CC-III, 'Asanas') And here below, in great detail, Baba describes the science behind our asana practice and how doing AM yoga postures helps keep unwanted and crude thoughts from entering the mind, thereby enhancing our sadhana practice. Baba says, "The relation between the physical body and the mind is very close. Mental expression is brought about through the vrttis, and the predominance of the vrttis depends on different glands of the body. There are many glands in the body and from each there is a secretion of a particular hormone. If there is any defect in the secretion of hormones or any defect in a gland, certain vrttis become excited. For this reason, we find that in spite of having a sincere desire to follow the moral code, many persons cannot do so; they understand that they should do meditation, but they cannot concentrate their minds because their minds become extroverted due to the external excitement of this or that propensity. If a person wants to control the excitement of these propensities, he must rectify the defects of the glands. A'sanas help the sa'dhaka to a large extent in this task, so a'sanas are an important part of sa'dhana'." (CC-III, 'Asanas')
Hence in His above teaching, Baba puts forth a number of revolutionary ideas. Firstly, that our minds-- our mental tendencies or vrttis-- are affected by the hormonal secretions of the glands. Secondly, many who wish to do meditation cannot do so due to the improper functioning of the glands which excite certain vrttis, i.e. activate lower mental propensities. Thirdly, the practice of asanas rectifies the glands and balances the hormonal secretions, thus eliminating such disturbances of lowly thoughts from entering the mind. Fourthly, for this reason, asanas are an intrinsic element of sadhana. All these points Baba has given in His above teaching. And the overarching idea is that asanas are for our spiritual growth and development. And without doing asanas, invariably sadhana will seem like one unclimbable mountain. So asanas are intrinsically linked with making the mind calm and cool to immerse oneself in the deep waters of spiritual life. This is an entirely new concept and unique idea which is unknown to the world. Yet this idea Baba has clearly given in our Ananda Marga. Only we have been taught the real inner secret about the value yoga asanas. So as individuals and as a collective body, we should be adamant not to let our days pass us by without doing asanas. And by doing them, our sadhana will be more fruitful.
Here is one more highly interesting point that proves how asanas are an inherent part of our spiritual practices-- and really this teaching should be known to all. And indeed some of you may already be aware about this. Fairly recently, my acarya told me that in the Acarya Diary Baba directs us what to do if uncontrollable circumstances force us to miss our asana practice. Because just last month I had to embark on a three day journey involving buses, trains, and planes, and my Dada was concerned about my asana practice so he told me how to handle the situation if really I was unable to find any time or place to do asanas. Specifically, Baba states that if really we are unable to do asanas then we are to double the number of rounds or trips that we practice in fifth lesson. That means, if due to extraordinary circumstances one cannot do asanas, then they will have to do six full rounds of 5th lesson (Cakra Shodhana). Because in the absence of yoga asanas, then extra effort must be taken to help purify those cakras-- which would be normally cleansed by our yoga postures. That is what my acarya told is Baba's teaching from Acarya Diary. In the same breath, my acarya also warned me that Baba furthermore states that doing double the amount of 5th lesson, in the absence of asanas, will only prevent the degeneration caused by not doing asanas. But 5th lesson cannot make-up for the complete benefits of yoga asanas. So cakra shodhana (5th lesson) eliminates the loss caused from not doing yoga asanas, but it does not give us the gain. All this goes to show how in AM asanas are highly relevant part of our sadhana practice and spiritual development. So we should never underestimate their value.
That is why it is such a tragedy that some or more in AM do not partake in doing yoga asanas regularly. Because to get the benefit of good sadhana, one must practice asanas; but such yoga postures hardly anyone does in AM. And if one does not do asanas, then doing real sadhana is but a dream. One can sit down no doubt and pass the time, but without the support of regular yoga asanas, the human mind will be barraged with an unholy onslaught of crude ideas that will pester the sadhaka to no end, leading one to wonder, 'Will I ever be able to do sadhana?'. And the answer is certainly 'Yes', but only if one becomes regular and sincere in doing asanas.
By Baba's grace, by following our asana practice we will be able to more deeply focus on our sadhana and realise Him. Baba says, "A'sanas control the glands, the glands control the secretion of hormones, and the secretion of hormones controls the propensities. So a'sanas help a sa'dhaka to balance the body and concentrate the mind." (YP, 'Q & A on Meditation') Baba says, "Concentration of mind is...savikalpa sama'dhi, where the only feeling that remains is 'I am That'." (AMEP) Namaskar, Manomohan
To practice AM yoga postures properly, Baba guides us that these following points must be followed: (1) Doing half-bath or full bath before practicing asanas; (2) Doing asanas twice daily on an empty stomach; (3) Using a stop-watch to time the duration of poses; (4) Practiced in a laungota or under garments-- not with full clothing on; (5) Done in sheltered environment that gets sufficient fresh air; (6) Do asanas when left nostril or both nostrils are open; (7) Use a mat or blanket for practicing asanas; (8) Conclude with a self-massage followed by shavasana (corpse posture). All these above points and more Baba discusses in various chapters of Caryacarya part III.
*************************************** Uniqueness of Ta'raka Brahma
Baba says, "A Maha'kaola is one who makes others kaola by his infallible spiritual guidance. But Ta'raka Brahma is a different Entity, a unique Entity for He is the spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, Kaola, and Maha'kaola, all in one. He is also something more: He acts as a compass in every stratum of society." (NKS, '97 Edn, p.50)

News: Care of Injured WT

Date: 28 May 2009 18:13:09 -0000 From: "Gurucharan Yadav" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: News: Care of Injured WT Baba
Namaskar, This letter is to inform everyone of a serious situation which has come to pass at the recent Workers Relief Camp (WRC), also known as VSS camp. Didi Brc. Shucismita' Ac. DSL Solapur broke her left arm but till now has not been able to receive treatment. Please read below for all details.
On 23rd of May, in AN while WRC camp was going on, Didi Brc. Shucismita' Ac. DSL Solapur broke her left arm. She was in lot of pain but CNC (Chandigarh RSL) who is a devout follower of Avt. A'nanda Dyotona did not allow Didi Shucismita' to go anywhere for treatment. Nor did they provide any medicine in the camp. So Didiji broke her arm and is not receiving any medical care - zero. This didi was in lot of pain and weeping whole day. The camp finished on 24th and RDS started on 25th of May. At RDS, the leaders take the cell phones of junior workers so it was not possible to call for medical treatment. Then some other Didis gave Shucismita' money and told her to have treatment done.
But Ananada Dyotona did not allow her to go to Ranchi for treatment. SWWS A'nanda Prabha' and A'nanda Nitimaya' (Global Food and Care Sec'y) told that: "Shucismita' comes from daridra (very poor) family. So if that didi had been in her laukik house then she would not have received treatment. So why should we give her treatment and spent money here? She will be cured by nature." Thus the whole situation is quite tragic and painful to see. Huge money comes from donors and margiis also allocate funds specifically marked for medical treatment within the Food & Care Dept. But, all money goes in a black hole. The leaders keep that money for other use such as groupist court cases etc and none of that money goes for the welfare of those who need medical attention. Even our own Didi is not receiving treatment.
It is our bounden duty to call the cell phones of Didi Ananda Prabha, Didi Ananda Dyotona, and Didi Ananda Nitimaya and complain why they are not allowing this junior wt to get medical treatment for her broken arm.
Those attending the upcoming DMS must find out if Didi Shucismita' is okay. Please inquire about her health and well-being. This confirmation is highly needed.
It is now clear that our system of RDS has changed. Now RDS means money sucking sessions by Nigama'nanda's from junior workers. In the name of 12.5%, Nigama'nanda is forcibly taking money from workers. Workers who have no money are weeping and shedding many tears but there is no mercy. The mandate has become: "Either give money to Nigama'nanda or go back to your house." This is the rule given by Nigama'nanda. Junior workers are frustrated.
It is shocking to see what has become of our AMPS. We should jointly come forward and ensure that Didiji receives the medical treatment she needs. We should also ensure that our junior workers are not exploited by top Dadas. We must care for all as member of our human family. Baba says, "Let everybody feel that everybody in this expressed universe belongs to the same big human family." (AV-3) Namaskar, Gurucharan

Fanaticism: Boon & Curse

Date: 27 May 2009 23:46:02 -0000
From: "Indrajit Rai"
Subject: Fanaticism: Boon & Curse


"Malay va'ta'se madhu nishva'se ke go ele mor phulavane..." P.S. 1801


O the Divine Entity who are You who has come in my flower garden in this spring season with a sweet and charming smile. When I saw You for the first time I was surprised, and it was difficult to think that such an attractive Entity would be here. I wanted to look towards You more intimately but I could not, that time I was sitting in the flower garden unmindfully.

I couldn't even hear the footsteps of Your arrival, & You did not give any hint or clue before coming to this garden. So I could not receive You properly nor could I offer You a garland. You have graced me by coming here but You have not cared about receiving an invitation. Please tell me, O' Divine Entity, who are You?

Understanding Your liila is impossible. Within a flash You become tough and then in the next moment You are as tender as a flower-- like a garland of love --so sweet and charming. O divine Entity You cannot be understood. You are Infinite--no beginning, & no end. Through the practice of sadhana and dhyana I am surrendering myself at Your alter . Baba You have graced me by coming to my mental flower garden...


Being fanatic about a particular idea or path can either be a boon or a curse - it all depends upon what one is being fanatic about.

For example being fanatical or extreme in following AM ideology is great and by doing so one will become divine, whereas being fanatical or radical in following one of the dogmatic religions is harmful and one will become a beast.

As Ananda Margiis and disciples of Baba, we should be perfectly clear about this and not be swayed by common perspectives which preach "moderation" in the following any path.

Unfortunately, recently some have terribly misunderstood this entire issue and in the process even glorified one Didi who contravened Baba's teachings on dharma by eating tamasik food.

So we should all beware, lest we fall from the divine path of AM.


For centuries the common people have seen how fundamentalists and radicals in the dogmatic religions have created hell in the society. Christians have stoned people to death, Muslims have eliminated women's rights and chopped the hands of innocent people, and there are so many other examples.

That is why the general citizens always say: "Do not be radical or extreme. Such fanaticism is not good. Be moderate and tolerant in your approach."

Essentially what they are saying is entirely true. Following the dogmatic religions cent-per-cent will cause many problems.

But what the common people do not realise is that AM ideology is different. It has been given by Parama Purusa Himself and is grounded in rationality and logic. It is perfect - free from defect - and based in science. Thus our path is not an ism, but rather a scientific approach.


In one specials discourse, Adhyamatic Unmada Kii A'vashyakata' (Hindi) in AV-28, Baba reveals the inner secrets of fanaticism.

Baba says, "To do any concrete work - good or bad - it needs fanaticism. Those who have this tendency and are bad then they will be demonic; in the same way to do any good work there must be fanaticism (zeal) and such persons will become assets of the human society. No one can hinder their progress. For attaining Parama Purusa, the ultimate goal, there must be fanaticism - "I must get Him." Then success is sure. Spiritual fanaticism is very important - not religious fanaticism. If there is religious fanaticism, then they form a group and that is fanaticism. And what is spiritual fanaticism, "I will do everything for my ideology. For me, living and dying for ideology are the same. For me the most important thing is my ideology." (summary of original Hindi)

Thus Baba's point is very clear. Fanaticism is needed to do anything lasting work in this world. But being fanatic in following the dogmatic religions is very bad and one will commit untold harm, whereas being fanatic in following the dharma of AM ideology is a top attribute and one will bring much welfare to the world and attain Him.


Because of the rhetoric in the general society about fanaticism and being extreme, a statement was issued which reveals the depth of their confusion on this issue.

They wrote: "Taking Baba's guidelines to the extreme is not really doing a service to anyone."

However, the above statement directly contravenes Baba's teachings.


In so many discourses and in so many ways, Baba has again and again repeated that we must be strict in dharma, uncompromising in following Ista and adarsha, and that we must be 100% faithful to our ideal.

Svadharme nidhanam' shreyah paradharmo bhaya'vahah

Baba says, "It is better to die as a human being [following bhagavad dharma] than to live as an animal (DKG)

Nindantu niitinpun'a'h....

Baba says, "The Sha'stras say that a person must stick to his ideals irrespective of whether he receives praise or abuse, whether wealth comes or wealth goes, whether he lives a thousand years or suffers death the next moment. Such a person is called “dhiira”. My direction to you is to be Dhiira. You must stick to your ideals in spite to everything. In this lies your spiritual growth." (AV-1)

Baba says, "Fight for your Ideology. Be one with your Ideology. Live for your Ideology. Die for your Ideology." (A'nanda Va'nii #14)

Thus from His discourses to 16 Points and to so many of His mandates, Baba says we must be strict in our ideal and never deviate from Ista or adarsha. And by this way, we will be able to do great works on this earth and serve everyone. Those who are sincere are able to generate more sympathisers.

Whatever else may happen in this world, so long as we are firm in AM teachings then everything will be proper. This we must always remember.


Unfortunately, recently, some -- in support of the point that we should not be strict or extreme in following AM - have insisted that one should be loose in following Baba's teachings.

To that end, he has shared this following account about one Didi. They wrote:

"I know of a Didi who was invited to dinner with Celebrities and Politicians to recieve a huge some of money for her children's home. Apparently the soup contained onion, however she politely consumed the soup knowing that her actions were not for her own benefit but for her children and project and of respect to the donors who had provided a tremendous gift to her project."

So the above is glorifying the fact that this Didi left her ideal in order to please certain politicians and for the sake of getting some money. This is indeed a tragedy and the wrong way to live one's life. We must never adopt such an outlook.

Baba's clear-cut teaching is that we must never compromise our ideals for money, name, or fame.

Otherwise what is next for this Didi. For the sake of money and pleasing politicians today she has eaten onions - what will she do tomorrow? Drink alcohol, eat meat, or perhaps even do something worse. Indeed, once one compromises on their ideal, there is no end to the depth of their fall.

For a few pennies, Didiji left her dharma. This is a cheap way to live and will produce no fruit. That means one can be purchased by capitalists at any time. And those capitalists will recognise this fact and they will think that Didiji is weak and that with money they can get her to do anything. In that way, they will tempt and purchase Didi each and every time. Because they will think that she is just one cheap lady. Likewise, because our Central Dadas have swerved from that path of dharma margiis have lost respect for them. Whereas if those Dadas had been fanatic in adhering to AM ideology, their respect would not have washed away.

 So we must never do like this. To do anything great in this world and to earn the respect of others, one must be vigilant to follow their ideal. That means as Ananda Margiis - whether one is WT or margii - we must always follow His teachings. That is our main duty and that is the way to bring welfare to ourselves and others. That is the way to earn others respect and propagate the gospel of AM.


For further clarification about this we need look no further that one real incident in Baba's life.

One time, in the 1960's when AM was in need of money for schools, jagrtis and service projects, one wealthy capitalist named Hanuman Prasad Podhar who owned the famous Giita Press in Gorakhpur came to see Baba.

At the time Baba was in Bettiah and Hanuman Prasad arrived there and insisted that he should be initiated by Baba, not by any Wt or family acarya. The margiis and Wts were reluctant but ultimately agreed since they felt they will need to get money from this wealthy many to support AM schools etc.

So they brought Hanuman Prasad to Baba's door and he was allowed to enter. Hanuam Prasad approached Baba with a bag of money in his hand which he promptly offered to Baba. Baba took the money, then walked over to the window, and dropped the bag of money outside.

Seeing this Hanuman Prasad ran out of the room to go get the money.

Immediately, Baba went to the door and locked it and Hanuman Prasad was never allowed inside again. Baba then scolded all the margiis and warned them to never compromise and be purchased by any capitalist ever again.

By this above story - which is a famous story in AM - we can understand that no amount of money should ever divert us from our ideal. That is Baba's guideline.

Thus we must not be at all swayed by the general populace about the point of fanaticism as happened with the confused margii who thinks that we should not be extreme in following AM and that Didi was proper by deviating from her ideal in order to accept money.

Rather it is our duty to bring this margii to the point of proper understanding. As Ananda Margiis, we must value ideology above all else - then and then only can something great be done on this earth.


Only by being ultra-strict in following bhagavad dharma can we bring relief and justice in society. The stricter the better - there is nothing to be lost in being more vigilant. Only there is something to be gained.

The more adherent we are in helping the poor or eliminating exploitation, the greater the result. There is no drawback by being fanatical in following the dharma of Ananda Marga. It will make the society pure and the sadhaka divine. On this point, there must not be even one ounce of confusion lest we fall from our ideal for some silly or crude reason.

It is not like the religions where fanaticism is bad and moderation is necessary otherwise one will end up harming or even slaughtering others in the name of their dogmatic teaching.

That is why moderation is needed in religion but is not at all useful on the path of Ananda Marga.


By Baba's grace He has given us a great ideology and by following it strictly all kinds of great things will happen on this earth. None should get confused like the above margii and mistakenly think that we should be sloppy or lazy or relaxed about following AM teachings.

Baba says, "Where the question of benevolence and malevolence is concerned we will not deviate an inch from our ideology, nor will we allow others to do so. One cannot promote human welfare if one bothers too much about public criticism, about the reaction in the papers or among the voters." (NSS, Disc: 14)



To prove the importance of being strict in Ista, in one reporting session Baba told the following story. Two disciples were on top of a tower: One was Muslim the other Hindu. The Muslim jumped off with firm faith and Allah and safely reached to the ground. The Hindu saw that and immediately thought that Allah saved him and was unsure if Ram could do the same. So when jumping from the tower the Hindu had doubt in his mind and died from the fall.

Of course this was one joke or story, and the point is not that we should be Hindu or Muslim. Baba's teaching is that one should have firm faith in Ista & Adarsha and as Ananda Margiis we must have firm faith in Him and His teachings. Then no harm can come to us. Whereas if we have doubt or are remiss in following His guidelines, then we are doomed.


Nowadays there are a few terms that are seen upon as negative in the modern world - words like ideology, cult, svastika, fanaticism. And when applied to worldly things they are not very good terms. But in the path of AM, we have our own outlook and approach. In AM those terms - ideology, cult, svastika, and fanaticism - all have great meaning and value in life. So we should not deviate from these ideals just because the general society finds these terms to be problematic or harmful. We should not let their ignorance or misunderstanding misguide us. Rather it is our duty to educate them on the stance of AM.


Because AM is not an ism but rather a scientific approach, there is no need for moderation. Just as the astronauts of NASA are strict in following their scientific techniques, and Olympians are strict in following their training regimen, similarly we should be strict in 16 points. It is not that being too strict will be harmful. Rather strictness in 16 points is that way to success - in that regard the more strict the better.

About our AM Dances

Baba says, "You know Lalita Ma'rmika dance used during Kiirtana is a purely spiritual dance, and Kaos'ikii is a psycho-spiritual dance - it starts on the psychic level and culminates on the spiritual level. And Ta'n'd'ava is physico-psycho-spiritual." "In Lalita Ma'rmika, the position of the arms is above 90 degrees. This denotes that it is a Mudra' - in Sam'skrta it is called a 'Mudra'. This mudra' means, 'O Supreme Creator, Thou art mine and I am Yours. I am Thine'." (AV-12, p.31)

Your Are In Every Thing

Subject: Namaskar From: Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 14:48:30 +0300 To: "AM-GLOBAL"
Baba, Dear the old man in white clothes who makes my heart beat just to feel Him. You make the moon come out in hurry every night just to touch You by his silver light. You make the sky cry the stars just to make You look at it. You make the wind run to You just to kiss Your hand. You make the earth go around dancing just because You are on it. Baba, What ever they try to do What ever they make You are in us, You are in every breath, in every beat, in every word. So there is no way to take You off of every smile and every tear. Baba, My Father I don't know How they forget You? How they forget Your grace on them? How they forget Your Love to them? But what I know that I'm breathing, you- who is reading this - you are breathing, the sun is shining, the moon is lighting, the stars are dancing and the bird is singing, that means You are there, You are in every thing. Because every thing is alive WE CAN CHANGE EVERY THING. - written by one great devotee

Good Prayer & Bad Prayer

Date: 26 May 2009 23:15:08 -0000 From: "Chandramohan Jha" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Good Prayer & Bad Prayer Baba 'The Divine Call' "Yuga'nterar tamasa' na'shite, a'lor jhalake esechile..." (PS 4718) Purport: Baba, in those dark days of old when the whole society was drowned in dogma and everyone was suffering in pain and agony, then in that desperate moment in a flash of lightening-- floating in the rhythm of dance-- You Yourself came showering Your grace to wipe away the age-old staticity. Baba, before Your auspicious arrival, in that bleak era there was no positive pulsation of life. Just there was sorrow and misery in every direction. Everyone was feeling tense and depressed-- sunk in the delusion of darkness. There was selfishness, in-fighting, and hatred all around. The earth was hopeless. Nobody had the courage or inspiration to shake the struggling humanity from its agonies. Nobody valiantly came forward and declared, 'Arise, awake, the new dawn has come! Get rid of all the dogma and follow the path of neo-humanism!' Nobody told like this. The scene was totally grim. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, by Your grace in one auspicious moment You Yourself came and told, 'Always keep one great philosophy in mind: There is only movement if one is progressing ahead towards towards divinity-- towards Supreme fulfillment, toward the Cosmic Hub'. In that auspicious hour, this was Your divine blessing. Baba, by Your grace Your victory chariot is fast moving ahead with its rattling sound, in the bhuloka, duloka, and triloka and in the infinity. Baba, Your divine vibration is reaching each and every corner of this vast cosmos. Without people's awareness the whole planet and the entire universe is being transformed in all the realms: physical, psychic, and spiritual. Baba, by Your grace You told everyone, 'In your frustration do not sit and cry in the depths of hell. Arise, awake, and follow the divine path. Human life is very valuable and you must not forget that Your goal is Parama Purusa.' Baba, this divine & eternal blessing You showered upon all. Baba, by Your grace You came wiped away all the staticity by showering Your divine effulgence...
Namaskar, In AM, we are essentially taught not to pray to God, so no one asks Baba for anything. However, upon further reflection, we can say that there are two types of prayer-- 'bad prayer' and 'good prayer'-- and it is the latter that enables us to reach that divine stance, His lotus feet. So as Ananda Margiis, we should clearly understand the difference between bad prayer and good prayer, and utilise good prayer to progress in our spiritual lives.
Since first coming in contact with Ananda Marga, one of the main teachings everyone receives is not to ask Baba for anything: I.e. Do not pray to God. Each and every Ananda Margii understands this fact and in our philosophical treatise-- Ananda Sutram-- Baba makes it quite clear.
3-11 Pra'rthana'rcana' ma'traeva bhramamu'lam.
"Purport: It is useless to pray to God for something for He is sure to give what is necessary. Solicitation or importunity in the name of worship is nothing but toadyism and flattery." (AS) By this way, we can clearly know that we are not to ask Him for anything. So we never ask Baba for wealth, or a new job, or a baby boy, or more money, or a glamorous wife, or a new car, or for anything mundane etc. This we do not do. And this is one of the basic differences between the dharma of AM and the various dogmatic religions and crude yoga gurus like Sai Baba etc. We live by the tenet that He provides us with what is needed and therefore we must not ask for anything-- period; whereas with those cheap type of gurus like Sai Baba,the followers constantly ask for gold watches, a Mercedes-Benz, a beach house in Bali, and all sorts of mundane things etc. So there is a vast difference: They ask and we don't.
Even then, we should as Parama Purusa for something. We should pray to Him for something. And what is that something? How is it that we should pray to Baba? Baba says, "You yourself should say...'O Parama Purus'a, give me para'bhakti.” Or you should say, “O Parama Purus'a, give me shuddha' buddhi'." (SS-24) Thus margiis we should pray to Baba or request His grace in ways that bring us closer to Him. That is Baba's special and unique guideline. We should request, 'O Parama Purusa, please be gracious; make my meditation proper; please appear in my dhyana; You are mine, please grant me devotion; please give me parabhakti so I may love You in sadhana'. These are the sentient ways in which we should pray to Baba. And doing so does not go against sutra 3-11 from Ananda Sutram. The two are not contradictory. Because one is related with asking to be closer to Him whereas the other is related with asking Him for one of His material objects. And sutra 3-11 indicates that we should not ask for something mundane but it in no way forbids us for praying to Baba for more devotion to get His closeness. The first is 'bad prayer' and the second is 'good prayer'. Verily, this type of 'good prayer' must be done otherwise it will not be possible to get Him.
Ultimately this type of sentient prayer or good prayer is not optional-- it needs to be done, it must be done. Because it fulfills a particular need of our human psyche. Because it is human psychology to ask favours from those whom we feel close to. We may ask our close friend to help us out in a problem; or we may ask our parents for help in some regard; or we may ask a close neighbor to babysit our children for an afternoon; or we may ask so many things from people. And this type of asking builds trust and makes friendships flourish. So requesting or asking creates a special intimacy or closeness in a relation.
And verily those crude disciples who ask their god for a new house or a marriage for their daughter etc, although they are doing wrong by asking their god for such things, at the same time they are coming sentimentally closer to Him-- since they are coming under His shelter by confiding in Him. so their approach is mixed with the bad and the good.
As Ananda Margiis we do not fall into the bad category, as we never ask for mundane things from the Lord. Yet at the same time, we must ask ourselves, 'How often do I ask Baba for help in sadhana, how often do I ask Baba for devotion, how often do I ask to get Him'. These are also important questions because they by making such requests of the Lord, we automatically increase our closeness and intimacy with Him. That is why 'good prayer' is a needed element in the life of any sadhaka. By this way sadhana improves, we feel closer to Him, we come under His shelter, our life becomes more charming and meaningful, and ultimately one day we become one with Him. That is why 'good prayer' is an integral aspect of the term yojanat, or achieving unicity with Him. Just doing the lessons of AM sadhana without requesting Him for devotion, makes sadhana just a technical exercise that can easily become dry and boring. Whereas if we bring Baba into the picture, if day and night we are asking Him for help and His blessing in sadhana, then the whole experience becomes an intimate affair where we know He is always with us and listening to our every request-- and, by His grace, He fulfills those requests as well and our sadhana because a blissful event where we get Him. So that is how we become close-- and ultimately one-- with Him. That is why good prayer is a healthy and needed ingredient in our sadhana practice and devotional life.
By Baba's grace He has shown us the exact way in which we should pray to Him. Baba says, "O Parama Purus'a, grant me devotion – that devotion which will enable me to love you every moment in newer and still newer ways. For you are endless and your expressions are also endless. If I learn how to love You, I will be able to love You in endless ways. My life will become effervescent with the sweet rhythms of the infinite. My life will attain its highest fulfillment.” (NKS, Disc: 26) Namaskar, Chandramohan
Here is one of the famous stories which Baba tells again and again in order to show us that we should never ask anything mundane from the Lord, only we should ask for Baba Himself. Baba says, "To return to the original story. Vishvamitra was going to Mithila with Ra'ma and Laks'man'a... When they reached the other bank of the river they saw to their amazement that, at the touch of the holy feet of Ra'ma, their boat had been transformed into gold. The astonished boatman exclaimed, “Good heavens, what an amazing thing. He must be an extraordinary person.” He ran home and narrated the astonishing incident to his wife who immediately grabbed as many things as she could carry – kitchen utensils and the like – and rushed to where Ra'ma was standing. She placed all the objects at his feet to convert them into gold. To carry all the wooden furniture to the boat, get it converted into gold and then carry it all back again was a Herculean task. Things become a lot heavier when they are converted into gold!" "So, the boatman’s wife had aches all over her body and pains in her back and hands, and soon the poor wife was no longer able to carry the load. But under the spell of greed she wanted to acquire more and more gold. People do their utmost to bind themselves with the worldly bondages and often fall prey to this greed instinct. So even though her back was badly aching she was unwilling to stop carrying the wooden furniture to get it converted into gold. This is just like the condition of gluttons at a feast who, even after eating so much that they are completely full, still manage to stuff one or two more pieces of rasagolla (Indian sweet) into their mouths. If ever such people get a chance to eat at others expense, they are ready to eat for days together. The boatman’s wife was suffering from a similar psychic ailment. Even though she was no longer able to carry the load, she was helplessly goaded on by greed. "Then the boatman said to his wife, “Stop this folly! How much longer will you be able to carry the load! You’ll get deeper and deeper into difficulty. Your greed for gold will never end and you’ll probably die under its weight. You’ll never be able to satisfy your greed so stop this folly, stupid woman!” “Yes, may be I am stupid,” she replied, “but now I am helpless. There’s nothing I can do about it.” The boatman advised, “Instead of carrying all the loads of wood and gold, why don’t you simply carry those two feet which have such extraordinary qualities and at the touch of which everything gets converted into gold?” So she went up to Ra'ma and said, “Well, you’ll just have to come along with me.” At first, Ra'ma was unwilling to go, but due to her insistence, he finally agreed and sat down in the boat. Then, strangely enough, the boatman’s wife forgot her desire to get everything converted into gold and became totally absorbed in the thought of those two feet. Having attained the ultimate thing, why should she bother about the gold?" (AV-6)
************************************* Boomerang is Not Just History - Happening Still Today
Baba says, "The wicked persons at the helm of affairs, who are now out to liquidate others, will one day themselves be liquidated and erased from history by their own followers. Sinful persons, by following the crooked path, contaminate the atmosphere of the universe, but ultimately that sinful conduct, in a similar crooked way, will recoil like a boomerang on the sinners themselves." (NSS, Disc: 10) Pakistan has has a long history of creating social unrest and unnecessary bloodshed and now that same problem is coming back to haunt them within their own borders as Pakistan threatens to become a failed state. The leaders of Kashmir always wanted to join India as India is a democratic state. But Pakistani backed insurgents within Kashmir created a rift and demanded that Kashmir become part of Pakistan. Because of this, Kashmir has been a place of conflict, strife, and killing for decades. Furthermore, since its inception, especially in the early days, Pakistan was under the tutelage of the US. The US was creating so many arms and ammunition and groomed Pakistan to be a haven and user of those weapons. Despite always suffering from a lack of basic necessities, Pakistan created a huge military that now stands as the 6th largest in the world and adopted aggressive tactics and policies. Pakistan's birth and entire existence has been based on violence, and now today that entire history has made a boomerang effect. Pakistan is infested with militia groups, insurgents, military regimes, tribal factions and the like. The country is not at all safe nor stable and any day it can crumble to the ground, shackled and ruined by its own vices.

Singhalese are Not Native to Sri Lanka

Date: Mon, 26 May 2009 23:56:14 -0000 To: From: Subject: Singhalese are Not Native to Sri Lanka Baba PS Intro: In the following song, the term 'parii' (angel) has been used to denote Parama Purusa Baba. So in Prabhat Samgiita, the term 'parii' does not mean some dogmatic religious angel. "Ghor timire ma'tha' nat kore bosechilum ekela'..." (P.S. 1946) Purport: In the deep cimmerian darkness, with my head hung low in shame and sadness, I was sitting along in an isolated place. One angel came from the golden divine world, extending its wings. The angel told me, "I am always along with you; you are never alone or helpless-- nor in the past were you ever alone. You are unaware that I am the angel of divinity and that I am your eternal companion. I reside eternally in your mind. So don't ever be perturbed or get affected by the spell of misery." The divine angel further revealed to me that, "Even if you are forgetting me and keeping distance, even if you don't remember or think about Me, I will never forget you. Lovingly I care for you and fulfill all your needs. Even by mistake I cannot avoid you. I always keep you close to me." In the deep, isolated dark place immersed in avidya maya, with my hanging head I was crying in misery. The angel from the divine world came close and blessed me...
Namaskar, The world over is shocked, stunned and horrified by the recent events in Sri Lanka. The atrocities committed are raw and gruesome. The United Nations is convening to formally lead an inquiry today. Proutists, social activists, and human rights groups have also begun to mobilize. While we cannot undo time and bring life back to the fallen nor erase the horrors of those who were maimed and tortured, it is our bounden duty to set the record straight and ensure that human rights are granted and given to one and all, irregardless of ethnicity, language background or beliefs etc.
Tragically, the events that have transpired in Sri Lanka - that has culminated with the rampant subjugation and killing of Tamils and final defeat of the resistance group the Tamil Tigers by the ruling Sinhalese - are part of on ongoing theme: Native people are commonly vanquished by outside forces. For centuries, the Europeans scoured the earth and exerted their will upon the native people of North and South America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Australia and so many places. In some cases, the native people were totally obliterated and in others native people were marginalized, forced into slavery or made to live with limited rights. Today, governments like that in Canada have come forward and issued formal apologies for past crimes whereas other governments like the US have recognised - at least in part - the injustices of old and given special rights after centuries of genocide, suppression and repression of those native people. The Australian government has still refused to recognise the unfortunate plight of the native Maori population. However, in this present moment, there is hardly a place on earth where the ruling regime continues to ruthlessly destroy the local people like the Sinhalese Sri Lankan government has done with the native Tamils (i.e. Dravidians).
In the face of this ongoing and recent human rights atrocity in Sri Lanka, our Ananda Marga offers guidance in two spheres: First, Baba has declared that the Tamils - not the Sinhalese - are the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Secondly, our Proutist approach is to demand equal rights and opportunity for everyone, as well as end all persecution, suppression and repression.
While the ruling Sinhalese may proclaim that they are the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka or that this land belongs to them, here Baba tells that those Sinhalese are the descendants of invaders from Bengal who came and conquered Ceylon, and changed the name to Sri Lanka. Baba says, "Around 534 BC, the prince of Rahr-- Vijay Singh-- reached Sri Lanka via waterway with 700 of his soldiers. Singhpur was the capital of Rarh those days. Nearby Singhpur there was a port also. Later on the name changed to Singhalpa'tan. This place is very close to Singhpur. Nowadays it is in Hooghly district. To continue with the history, the prince Vijay Singh was victorious in his offensive and captured Sri Lanka. And ultimately, Vijay Singh and his soldiers settled permanently in Sri Lanka. These are the ancestors of the modern Singhalii community. That is why Singhaliis are very close to Bengalis in their customs, manners, habits, and dealings. Their facial features are also like Bengalis. In fact, it is very difficult to differentiate between Singhaliis and Bengalis until one actually talks with them. Even then, the Singhalii language is part of the Indo-Aryan language group; hence it is quite similar to Bengali. The script is also the same. These days Singhaliis are primarily Buddhists. In spite of this, they have preserved their customs and manners so they are very similar to Bengal. The family name of Singhalis is Sena Na'yak, Jayvardhan, Gunatilak, Bhanda'r Na'yak, Desh Na'yak etc." (Varna Vicitra, Part 1, 20th Nov 1983, Kolkata) So in His above guideline, Baba clearly demonstrates how the Singhaliis came to Sri Lanka from Bengal, which explains why there is such a strong link between these two communities with regards to language, culture, physique, customs etc. The only difference is in their religion, but we must remember that in Ancient Bengal Buddhism was the religion of the day. So that also explains why Buddhism is widely practiced by the Singhaliis in Sri Lanka. Here Baba provides further insight how the Singhalese are originally from Bengal and that they came and conquered Ceylon, i.e. present day Sri Lanka Baba says, "Ancient Bengal (the then Paondravardhana) had as its capital Sim'hapur for 750 years. Sim'hapur is presently a very small town in the district of Hooghly. Sim'habahu was one of the kings of that period. His son Vijay Sim'ha conquered Ceylon and changed its name to Sim'hala. As Vijay Sim'ha died without children, he brought his nephew Pa'nd'u Vasudeva from Sim'hapur and made him the king of Sim'hal and Kerala." (AFPS-5) Thus, it is quite clear that the Singhaliis or Sinhalese are an outside community from Bengal who conquered Sri Lanka by vanquishing the local people, i.e. the Dravidians or Tamils. The name "Sri Lanka" itself is a Sanskrit term given by the Aryan-born Singhaliis and means, "the land that is surrounded by water." The Tamils or Dravidians had their own original name for that land.
So while Baba Himself has clarified beyond any doubt that the Tamils are the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka and that from centuries up to this very moment, the Sinhaliis were wrongfully imposing their control over the Tamils, modern science can also give proof of this. Because in this present age when genetic testing can determine who that father is of a baby, or one's lineage, or which animal is related to what pre-historic creature, it would be very simple to investigate the bloodline of the present day Singhalese culture. If done, it would clearly show that the Sinhalese came from Bengal. They are direct descendants of the mixed Aryan culture of Northern India. They are not native to Sri Lanka or South India like the Tamils. So it can all be proved scientifically as well. At present, the Tamils primarily live off the faith that they are the original occupants of that land whereas the Singhaliis either do not know or do not want to know who are the original people of Sri Lanka. Just in their own mind they think, "This is our land." But they are wrong.
Here we should also take a moment to recognise that in the course of their resistance, the Tamil Tigers engaged in all kinds or near-terrorist activities. This letter does not condone cent per cent all their tactics and whatever injustices they may have committed, such as fire bombings and killings etc. At the same time the Tamils must be given certain scope to protest the alienation of their rights when their own land has been taken from beneath their feet - i.e. when they have become victims, refugees, and prisoners in their native region.
Baba clearly lends support to all native peoples and populations and demands that the rights of all must be granted and protected. That is our Proutist policy. Baba says, "In accordance with this trend, PROUT advocates [that]...the interests of all local people will be guaranteed and gain proper recognition." (PNS-13) Thus, our support goes to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. They are the local people and it is their voice and livelihood which must be restored. They must be given ample scope to live freely and peacefully in their own land. Side by side, it is not our claim that all Singhaliis must leave Sri Lanka. Just as we do not demand that all European descendants leave the US or that all white people leave Africa. Only our demand is that equal rights must be ensured to all. That is our Proutistic stand. That means all native populations must have the freedom of language, culture, education, expression and livelihood etc. In short, their cardinal human values must be guaranteed. That is the result we need to see in Sri Lanka at this very moment. Instead, there is overt hatred and oppression being committed by the Sinhales upon the local Tamils. In that case more and more circumstantial pressure must be created until the Sinhalese loosen their death grip and adopt a humane view towards the Tamils. Till that result manifests, it is the continued duty of all Proutists to raise the banner of the Tamils, as they have since become voiceless. Let us remember that peace only results when basic rights have been secured for all. Till that time, there will never be peace in Sri Lanka, nor anywhere else on this earth.
By Babas' grace, our code of neo-humanism will soon be the leading tenet in every land. Till that time we are not to accept any "promises" of peace or equal rights by the Sinhalese. Rather we are to demand and ensure equal rights to all. The current scene in Sri Lanka is an extreme example of similar cases around the globe. Now is the time for humanity to rise up and secure rights for all human beings. Baba says, "We want no more gospels. We want something practical, something practical for the elevation, or for the exaltation, of the entire human race." (NHNS-1) Namaskar, Mukunda
******************************************** One Should Assess Oneself on the Following
Baba says, "When human beings feel that, 'Parama Purusa is my everything', then that is called as sharan (shelter). No being can come under the sharan (shelter) of two different Entities. So what is the meaning of Sharanagati (surrender)? When living beings give up their 'I-feeling' by withdrawing the mind from any other object and completely adopt the feeling that Parama Purusa alone is my everything." "Up to the time when any person is thinking that they are working with their own strength, then we should understand that the feeling of sharanagati has not yet come in them. And when human beings think that, 'I am doing the work only with His strength', it means the feeling of sharanagati has come in their mind. So when living beings start thinking that, 'Whatever work I am doing, I am doing with His strength', then they have the feeling of sharanagati." (General Darshan, Patna DMC, 1970, [from audio tape])

Baba: Cemetery Sadhana "Very Encouraging"

This recording is from when Baba came to the Philippines. Following is the transcription of a conversation which took place on 24 April 1969 at 9:00pm when Baba was on His field walk along with some local margiis and acaryas.
Baba: "What is the distance of that American cemetery from this place where we are at present now." Margii: "The way I look at it Baba, it is a little bit..." Baba: "How many miles or kilometers?" Margii: "Almost the same, almost the same, with the only exception that the road there is dusty now because under repair. But I think tomorrow brother P will take You to the cemetery." Baba: "I like the entire world." Margii: "Ah, no particular place." Baba: "No." Margii: "But all." Baba: "But all..." Baba: "The cemetery is very encouraging for spiritual aspirants, for sadhakas." Margii: "That is true - that is what we think. Whenever we go there we get inspired only to meditate and do nothing more." Baba: "And many of the sadhakas were initiated there?" Margii: "Yes, Baba. Especially at the beginning. And this brother...where he left us..." Baba: "He went there [to the cemetery]? He was there [at the cemetery]?" Margii: Yes, Baba.

Plan for Keeping Margiis Mum

Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 23:42:06 -0000 To: From: Subject: Plan for Keeping Margiis Mum Baba "Kare ja'tra' halo shuru, bhule gechi se katha'..." (699) Baba, when exactly my journey started I do not know; it is not in my mind. I have completely forgotten the day when my journey towards You started. Since many lives, by Your grace You have been attracting me-- step by step. By Your causeless compassion I am moving in that divine liila-- reducing the radius gradually and coming closer & closer to You. How much I suffered on the way and, how many thorns pierced my feet and hindered my forward movement on the path-- that I do not remember. Those memories are not in my mind. On the journey towards You by Your grace I crossed the torturous fiery blaze of the burning desert. And other times I got totally drenched from the pouring rains of the thunderstorms. But, no matter what the obstacle, by Your grace You always gave me the strength and perseverance to move on. Baba, by Your grace You are always bringing me close to You. So many spring seasons and their beauty have come and I got intoxicated by that attraction. And in Your longing, in Your divine attraction, You filled my heart with devotion. And by Your grace I sang Prabhat Samgiita songs and kiirtan with heartfelt yearning and longing. In this way my life has passed-- sometimes in dark moments and sometimes in effulgent ones. But through it is, by Your grace gradually I have reached close to You, under Your shelter. Baba You are so gracious. Baba, You are my everything...
Namaskar, As we know silent action is one very special and deeply meaningful teaching which Baba has given. And it works in its own particular and special way. And we also that our organisation is riddles with problems-- a mess that has originated in the upper echelons of AMPS. And it is those same persons, and their lackeys, that try to smother or subdue margiis attempts of protest and resurgence by manipulating Baba's special tool of silent action.
Just as various asanas work to cure particular diseases and just like how in 'A Few Problems Solved' Baba has given specific solutions to solve certain designated cases, similarly silent action has its unique way of functioning for opposing injustices and bringing people onto the proper path. Means it works within its own specific sphere of influence or jurisdiction -- and not beyond that.
Unfortunately, some are trying to capitalise on the situation by telling that 'silent is the only way to approach or protest'. And in this way silent action has become a tool in certain peoples' hand. The general sense is that in this material world, crude and cunning people are always searching for ways to cheat and befool the common people. For example when one crafty intellectual read the Bhagavad Giita then he found the point that everyone has to face their own samskara, reactive momenta. The basic theory being that people have to undergo the reactions from their past life. But this point he manipulated in his own direction. Because just see, then this negative intellectual created the theory that you laborers must not unnecessarily make a hue and cry about increasing the wages; your wretched condition is the result of your acquired sin which you did in your previous life. In this life you should be "dharmic"-- do hard work with full patience and follow the commands of those rich mill owners. Do not go on strike and do not make any demand about raising the wages. Otherwise you will incur more sin and your future life will be dark'. Then those opportunist intellectuals give the negative justification that, 'your pitiful condition is your own self-creation and that is what Lord Krsna says in the Giita'. So see the hypocrisy of that jinani. He twisted Lord Krsna's theory about rebirth and facing the samskara. The point here is that exploiters alwyas manipulate good teachings for their selfish reasons. In His discourse Baba clearly explains this very cunning tactic. A similar thing has happened in the case of silent action.
Certain opportunists are cheating margiis and misguiding everyone about this entire silent action theory. They tell alright, 'If this or that group leader is doing something wrong and doing all sorts of injustices like curtailing margii rights, then if you are unhappy with them then just do silent action'. Yet all the while such opportunists are fully aware that the margii whom they are speaking with lives far, far away from Tiljala or Ananda Nagar and that he has no opportunity to see those top group leaers. Even then to befool that very simple margii, they tell him that 'follow silent action against them'. But in such a situation silent action will never work. For instance, you can imagine what will happen if simple village folk of Afghanistan take silent action against top US officials. Such an attempt will be complete foolishness. Because silent action has its limitation. Its hinterland is very limited. The person who is not living around you, who is not in your unit, or not in your village, or not in your family, and not living close by, and who is not in your direct line of communication, etc-- in all these situations silent action will not work. Silent action's arena of use is limited to the reach of one's pathway of direct communication. If one has regular communication with that particular person then silent action will achieve the desired effect. But if one does not have any communication with that person against whom You are doing silent action, then that will be foolish.
Nowadays cunning people use this trick of silent action to befool and misguide others. They tell 'take silent action against certain group leaders because they curtailed BP rights etc. You need not to do anything. Do not propagate your ideas or problems in any other way-- just take silent action against them because he distorted Baba's discourse AM revolution which grants margiis rights etc. So take silent action. But you should not write any letter or protest in any other way. Baba has given silent action just you follow.' Like this they talk and manipulate some simple margiis. Now the question arises that why do these intellectual satans create this logic and give this type of suggestion. The reason is that they know full well in advance that according to those adverse circumstances, silent action will not have any effect. Time will pass by without any result. And the era of exploitation will go on and on. Many times we may have seen how high officials pay agents to misguide others in the name of this silent action theory. They move around in all the programs and spray water on the fuel of revolution. Whenever they see that simple persons are feeling completely suffocated and want to do something, then those agents misguide those disgruntled margiis that, 'do not do anything except take silent action. You have the right to do silent action but not anything else'. So in this situation every sincere margii should know that cunning people always misguide about the practicality and use of silent action. And by this way they continue their exploitation in an unhindered way.
For this reason it is essential that each and every Ananda Margii be acutely aware of how silent action really works. Here below Baba guides us: Baba says, "Silent action will force strict adherence to our principles, and it will put those against whom it is directed to shame." (AV-23, p. 151) So the striking point is that the practice of silent action forces the person into feeling ashamed for their misdeeds. Through circumstantial pressure silent action achieves that result. And for that, direct contact is needed. Because if someone is sitting quietly in one part of the globe taking silent action and the exploiting party is somewhere else far away, then they will not feel any shame as they are completely unaware that anyone is even taking silent action against them. So they will thus continue on and on with their exploitation--Hence in such a circumstance silent action will not work. So in such a scenario we should consider another way to proceed.
And that way is consciousness raising: Raising the ideological standard across the globe about the deeper aspects of AM ideology. Then when all are aware about their rights and Baba's teachings, naturally proper corrective measures will be taken. The requisite social pressure will be created and our organisation will be cleaned. Everyone should write in with their suggestions. Kindly also see notes 1-4 below. Namaskar, Mahesh Note 1: Here Baba reveals how misguided intellectuals take advantage of the innocent masses. Baba says, "The boot-licking vipras of the capitalists trick the hungry shudras into believing that poverty is a result of their previous misdeeds, and they will have to be prepared to wait until their next life before receiving the inexorable decree of fate. This makes a group of people passive fatalists and paves the way for the ruthless exploitation of the capitalists." Note 2: Everyone knows that silent action is a cardinal human right given by Baba. Baba says, "Silent action is a question of human rights." (AV-23, p. 150) Note 3: In those situations that fall outside the purview or jurisdiction of silent action we have to think and evaluate what our other options are and how to move ahead. Note 4: We should always remember this following Baba's blessing: Baba says, "He is always with you-- Only move forward fearlessly with unfaltering steps towards your Goal. May you all be blessed." (SS pt 12, p.53)
*************************************** There should not be any confusion
Baba says, "Now why does He come in contact with the quinquelemental factors? Why does He come within the jurisdictions of the temporal-spatial-personal factors, these three fundamentally-related factors? What's the cause? There are two reasons. One thing is, the human intellect may get satisfaction after coming in psychic contact with the Impersonal Entity, but the human heart is not satisfied with that Impersonal Entity. The human heart wants something closer, something more sentimental, something more pleasing. And that's why just to satisfy, just to give pleasure to, His progeny, He comes within the scope of these relative factors. Parama Purus'a becomes Ta'raka Brahma. And the second reason is that in this created world, in this universe, each and every progress is a progress through clashes and cohesion. And human beings must have sufficient intellectual stamina to move forward, fighting against all those pebbles of obstacles. When the human intellect fails to do something new in helping society to move forward, Parama Purus'a finds no alternative but to bring Himself within the scope of the temporal-spatial-personal factors just to guide the depraved and degenerate human society." (AV-12, p.43-44) Note: So Parama Purusa must follow His vow. That is He comes for establishing dharma. Everyone knows that dharma is getting established by His invisible grace. When Parama Purusa remains as an impersonal Entity then the heart of the devotee does not get satisfied. And when He comes in human form and teaches and guides the way to reach to Him, then He provides a ladder also. And with that help, devotees reach Him. We know that ladder is the process of dhyana-- which can link from form to formlessness. That is why the culmination of dhyana is the merging into formlessness-- dissolving the mind. Devotees always feels that Baba is residing there-- in their heart. We see in the history of devotion, that that each and every devotee in the world felt that the Lord is with them. Indeed the entire composition of Surdas and Mirabai is proof of that. No doubt, jinanis and karmiis may be thinking in their own way, but devotees feel that Baba is living in their heart.

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