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Everyone Must Be Aware...

From: Amriteshwar Verma Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 07:31:52 To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Everyone Must Be Aware... Baba PS Intro: This following song is about the establishment of a neohumanistic society. It describes how sadvipra samaj gets formed and what it will look like. Overall this song paints a picture of the upcoming dharma ra'j. "Jay jay jay toma'ri huk jaya..." (P.S. 4764) Purport: O' Divine Entity, O' Cinmay, O' Consciousness Personified who has graced me by coming in this brilliant, golden, effulgent dawn: Victory, victory, victory; victory unto You. Baba, You are everything. On this earth, we all are witnessing the magic that has happened; by Your divine grace our dream has come true today. Behold, this earth has been filled with sweetness, charm, and beauty. By Your grace there is no longer any dukha (sorrow) or santa'p (misery and suffering) anymore on this earth. There is only the incessant flow of a'nanda (bliss); it is flowing on and on continuously. Baba, by Your grace with the surge of devotion, the new blood & vigour has awakened; the paranoia, threat, and terror of exploitation is now completely gone. A new era of sentient peace has ultimately arrived, by Your grace. Baba, in the past by Your grace we planned that we will create a new heaven. And now that day has come. So according to Your direction we will go on doing Your work-- all the while singing Your song to please You. Our hands will do Your work and our heart will sing Your glory. In that way we will move. Baba, by Your grace we will pour abundant love on each and every unit being-- on all our brothers and sisters, on all the flaura and fauna. Baba, You have showered Your grace. That splendid day which we were dreaming about has arrived; all the cimmerian darkness has been dispelled. Now, by Your grace, the eastern horizon is filled with Your brilliant, divine effulgence. Baba, we will move on in the chorus of samgacchadhvam spirit-- keeping You in our heart and singing about Your glory...
Namaskar, In the height of this vaeshyan era, we should all take proper care not to be pulled into the pitfalls and degenerative ways of capitalistic life-- where those top capitalists try to pull all into their urn'a'ja'l (spider's web).
In His historic June 1990 discourse, Baba reveals how human life is highly significant and that we should always engage in positive thinking. Indeed Baba says, "The psychic potentialities of human beings are immense." (YP, '91, p.134) But some negative forces in society, have their own way of dealing.
As we have all seen, capitalism extends its hands in various ways to grip the whole society, especially the downtrodden communities and poor countries. Capitalist leaders make them into satellite groups so that capitalists can extract their vital resources. How is this done? In most of the cases we see that the imposition of sexually related things like vulgar cinema and negative crude dance, dramas, literature etc plays a huge role. All these things are slowly yet systematically getting more and more imposed by capitalists. And capitalists' only motive is to exploit and use the common public, the affected mass of that area, as the suppliers of raw materials. Especially nowadays, with the help of the Internet, capitalists have spread their negative message and tactics all around. It is saturating and asserting itself in all societies and innocent people have gotten seriously affected-- especially youths.
In India thousands of years ago the science of yoga was started by great rishis and yogis. But now if you go and see the "yoga" of European countries you will be surprised. It took a completely different shape. In the name of yoga all sorts of negative things are going on. Like the domination of sex into yoga, and yoga has become the fashion where all the prior standards of do's and don'ts, and the discipline of yoga is lost somewhere. So this journey of yoga started in India and reached to European countries and there it got metamorphosed. Means it got mixed with the color of pseudo-culture and materialism. And now this yoga has returned back to India in its new negative form; and now this new yoga is polluting Indian soil. So you see, everything is getting affected with this pseudo-culture. Indeed in the present day, the popularized yoga which is existing cannot be compared with that yoga which was originally introduced by the great sages and rishis. Rather it is far far degenerated from that and I feel it is a shame to call it yoga. And this imposition of culture is not only limited with yoga or dance.
Indeed all the media of entertainment has gotten completely polluted. Radio, television, dance, drama, literature, books, magazines, publications, all the sources of knowledge and entertainment have gotten a serious blow from this capitalistic exploitation. And Baba has termed this as pseudo-culture. In no uncertain terms, Baba warns us to be aware from this capitalistic monster-- pseudo-culture.
In Neo-humanism Baba teaches us how wealthy exploiters infuse pseudo-culture through the media of vulgar cinemas, movies, television, and internet programs etc to pollute the public mind, especially youths. When the public becomes intoxicated capitalists create the circumstances and take away all their resources. While the common public, indulging in vulgar activities, remains oblivious about how they are getting exploited by those capitalists. So due to the capitalists, these days anywhere you look, things are painted in the light of sex. If you go to purchase some products or anything, then you will see something of sexual import. It is everywhere.
This widespread disease is disturbing all the arenas of life. This following Baba's teaching gives enough light, and for our collective welfare we should understand this. Please think about this following Baba's quote where Baba explains how rich capitalists impose crude forms of entertainment on those whom they want to control. Baba says, "Suppose, a particular community has a high standard of arts (theatre, cinema, etc.) but the number of rich people in that community is comparatively few. On the other hand, the culture of another community is very undeveloped, but there is a greater number of wealthy people among them. Now, the latter [wealthy exploiter] group wants to maintain its exploitation over that [simple public] group having a more developed cultural heritage, and one of the ways to paralyze people in the psycho-economic sphere is cultural exploitation--to impose vulgar cinemas and dramas upon these good people." [NH-LOI] So in this above paragraph Baba is giving a clear picture how step by step rich people spread their net to exploit the common public by indulging them in degenerative entertainment, programs, movies etc. The story does not end here Baba describes more about how the human mind functions. And how the mind of the innocent common public gets easily attracted towards negative and crude sensual pleasures and entertainment. It is the common tendency that most of the people like to watch crude negative movies and listen to negative songs. And in so doing the common people get trapped in the net of capitalist exploiters. Please read below for more clarity. Baba says, "As you know, the mind has a natural tendency to degrade itself; it flows more easily downwards than upwards. So if some people, by virtue of their wealth, impose vulgar cinemas and dramas on others,..." [NH-LOI] Baba further explains that with this influence of vulgar literature, cinema, dance etc, the backbone of common pubic gets smashed. By this breaking of their backbone they get paralysed. And they cannot stand erect. The common public is bound in the spell of this sensual attraction & they are even incapable to think about what is happening to them. How they are getting exploited and what their living conditions are like. Most of the time the common public is not even aware that they have been trapped in the quagmire of pseudo-culture. Or that they are getting exploited by wealthy people. For the common public, over the course of time pseudo culture just became their way of life. Does everyone remember those day in the recent past when people had some time to think about social services and helping others. But now most of the public when they have even just a little time they like to be glued to the television. After all this is human weakness. In human beings the animal propensities are more dominating than that divine propensity.
To understand more please read how the human mind works and how it is prone to crude enjoyment. And ultimately the mind gets degenerated; and in the final steps by this way capitalists exploits the common public. Step by step this happens. Please read following Baba quote. Baba says, "this [pseudo-culture] will break their backs and they will become paralyzed. And these paralyzed, spineless people in future will never be able to stand unitedly against cultural or any other kind of exploitation. They can never do so because mentally they are completely dead--their capacity to raise their heads in protest has been crushed forever. How can they raise their heads again?" [NH-LOI] Baba is furthermore explaining below that this pseudo-culture is very detrimental & dangerous. So we have to recognise that the majority of people are already trapped in pseudoculture. Without taking them out, there is no way for their emancipation. So Baba is telling that the duty of good people is to help others. To save others from pseudo-culture, i.e. their attraction towards crude dance, negative movies, literature, and their indulge in crude gossip using slang. Baba says, "This exploitation in the cultural sphere is accomplished by the propagation of pseudo-culture. Every honest, virtuous and rational person must fight against this pseudo-culture, and inspire others also to do the same." [NH-LOI]
Excuse me the story does not end here. Baba is warning that it is the duty of devotees, margiis, sadvipras to save the humanity. And if it is not done then humanity will face its doom. So whatever we propagate in terms of social service programs, superficial help, or any other type of developmental project, that will not suffice. Because this sex instinct which capitalists magnify can have a horribly dominating effect in the life. If a perverted mentality is dominating in the mind then nothing glorified can be achieved in the entire life. Whole life will be turned into utter frustration in the end. For clear understanding please read out this Baba's quote. Baba says, "If this is not done, the future of humanity will be sealed. It is proper for human beings to struggle for political freedom, for social emancipation; but if their cultural backbone is broken, then all their struggles will end in nothing--like offering clarified butter to a sacrificial fire which has been reduced to ashes. If one's spine is shattered, it is impossible to hold one's head erect. Can those whose necks and backs are crushed under the weight of pseudoculture, be expected to hold their heads high in any sphere of life?" [NH-LOI] In this following message Baba is giving us explicit direction: Baba says, "Hence it is the bounden duty of every rational person to save innocent people from pseudo-culture." [NH-LOI, p.54-55] The whole idea is that this pseudo-culture is not something that is remaining or living on the moon, stars, or planet mars only. Rather this pseudo-culture is surrounding and permeating around our very existence. So this pseudo-culture is not limited to 1 or 2 persons. Rather this pseudo-culture is an on-going, pervasive problem that in one or another way we all are facing in our day to day life. Our own personal lives are affected & our kids like to see such negative films more than they like to work on their course of study or textbook.
By the grace of Baba, we Ananda Margiis will remain free from pseudoculture. But not only that, the time is not far when our Marga will be leading the way and giving light to the entire human society for their all around salvation. Baba says, "...You are the spiritual soldiers, you are the worshippers of Life Divine, hence I call you to adorn this crimson dawn deluged with glorious light. Victory is surely yours." (from AV #26) Namaskar Amriteshwar Note: In this x-tra busy, modern world we must always be careful not to get caught up in the temporary, degenerative allurements of pseudo-culture. Otherwise it has a disastrous effect. Means in and around this is the common problem and sometimes a few margiis or Dadas may go and see-- but never it yields any beneficial outcome. Rather it worsens. So this is just reminder to one and all and especially to our children and adolescent youth that we should properly guide them away from the terrible ways of pseudo-culture, and onto the path of light.
********************************************* Makes happy people unhappy, and unhappy people happy Baba says, "Once King Akbar said, 'Birbal, can you please tell me something which will make a happy man unhappy and an unhappy man happy?' Birbal replied, 'Aesa' din nahi rahega'-- This day will not last forever'." (AV-4, p. 80) *********************************************

Role Of Cowardly People in AM

Date: Sun 28 Jun 2009 22:43:52 -0800 (PST) From: Surya Morales Subject: Role Of Cowardly People in AM To: Baba "Bha'loaba'si a'mi toma'y, tumi bha'loba'sa na'..." (P.S. 4592) Purport: Baba I love You, but You do not love me. Baba You are not coming clearly in my dhya'na-- that means You are not loving me. If You would have loved me then You would not remain distant. O' my close One who is keeping Himself far away. From Your distant place please accept me surrender. And from Your far distant abode, please send me this blessing: That my sadhana will be successful. Please grace me such that You Yourself will be coming in my dhya'na. Baba, I do not desire any boons from You. All that I desire is to continue doing Your dhya'na. Baba, please bestow this blessing upon me. Baba, You are mine. Please grace me by filling my entire consciousness with this eternal truth-- that You are mine. Baba, You are not coming in my dhya'na-- what more can I say. I have so much longing for You to come, yet You are not coming. Baba, how come You do not love me. Baba, please grace me by coming...
Namaskar, How did phallic worship became equated with the tantra of Lord Shiva? Why did the worship of Sri Krsna become reduced to a mere set of rituals instead of an internal sadhana towards godhood? How is it that these two Taraka Brahmas lived on this earth for decades and decades and graciously gave a huge body of dharmic teachings, only for those guidelines to be distorted into something of little or no value - even harmful? What is the operative factor in this demise and what do we need to be wary of with respect to keeping our Beloved Baba's teachings & practices in their original form. That is what we seek to investigate here.
Everyone comes onto this earth with a role to play. Some just live an ordinary life of eating and drinking; some do heroic deeds and sacrifice for the welfare of others; and, some people become cowards and fearfully accept various dogmas, even when they know those things are wrong. This letter focuses on this latter category: Cowardly people who knowingly submit themselves to dogma in order to escape criticism, punishment, and the like. Because, over the ages, it is such persons who have allowed or enabled the teachings of Taraka Brahma to gradually become more and more diluted until finally they are reduced to a crude set of illogical and useless rituals. Such a tragedy has happened in the past and if we are not careful it will happen in this present era also.
In our search, the review of history is important. Taking a look back into the past teaches us how to avoid pitfalls in the future. For instance, if we fail to study the history surrounding the partition of India and all its tragedies, then in the future we may think that dividing a country is a fine and noble enterprise. So a glance back - now and again - at history is most helpful. Thus, understanding what transpired with Lord Shiva's and Lord Krsna's teachings provides insight into how to properly manage Baba's divine ideological guidelines.
It did not happen all at once. Both Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna took advent on this earth and taught the people of the day so many practical and philosophic tenets of dharma sadhana, morality, and spiritual realisation. The lives of these two Taraka Brahma's were densely filled with righteous actions and guidelines for others to see and follow. Yet step by step, those teachings were eaten away - very slowly, from one generation to the next.
First a priest - in order to heighten the prestige of his own temple or out of his own greed - told that worshiping Lord Shiva at his temple / tiirtha will bring salvation. And so many other nonsense things they told for their own selfish gain. Those early followers who were aware of Lord Shiva's teachings knew that such priestly edicts were false. But in their cowardly way they did not protest - due to fear of punishment and retribution by those priests. So the people kept mum, obediently followed those priests, and internally thought that Lord Shiva will save the situation. Huddled in their fearful ways, such cowardly people acquiesced to the dogmatic preachings of those priests. Time passed. Their children saw this as did their grandchildren. In turn those younger generations got it fixed in their mind that their grandfather was faithfully following the original and authentic guidelines of Lord Shiva by visiting that particular temple or tiirtha or by paying certain taxes to priests in order to marry a daughter or receive the graces of God. Hence, the indoctrination of a new generation into dogma. What started out as one generation of people knowingly and fearfully compromising with dogma, gradually rolled into a complete misunderstanding by the younger generations. Those newer generations took that dogma to be the golden road - the path of truth and excellence. Because that is all they knew, thanks to the fearful and timid dealings of those before them. They saw their grandfather and thought that must be correct, when in fact that grandfather was keeping silent and obeying priests in order not to be beaten, abused, victimised, harassed, or tortured. This is the way dharmic teachings get dismantled. It happened with Lord Shiva's teachings as well as with Lord Krsna's teachings. In both circumstances, cowardly people are at fault for failing to stand up and oppose those mischievous priests. Indeed the distortion of Lord Shiva's and Lord Krsna's teachings happened to such an extreme degree that when Baba graciously delivered His two treatises - Namah Shivaya Shantaya and Namami Krsna Sundaram - then those sets of dharmic discourses did not at all match what was going on today. The dogma the present day followers of Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna were doing did not at all resemble the glorious teachings Baba had given in those books. The true teachings of Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna were utterly non-existent in the contemporary society. Such was the extreme degree to which dogma had taken root. And again, what was the cause: The step by step compromise made by cowardly people who were to fearful and scared to oppose the ruling priests.
Today in Ananda Marga, a similar show is unfolding - but we can still stop it before it is too late. The priests have invented so many dogmas for their own selfish gain, power, and prestige. Here is but a small sampling of those dogas: [1] Mahaprayan (i.e. Baba is gone), [2] Fake Ananda Vaniis, [3] Distortion to AM Scriptures, [4] Fake Bhukti Pradhan Manual (1997), [5] Crude Tiirthas & Memorials in AN & Jamalpur etc, [6] Expulsion as a Weapon, [7] Ruination of Prabhat Samgiita with Filmy Singers, [8] Destruction of ACB, [9] Bangalisation, [10] PP Dada Not Doing Kiirtan etc, [11] Unity through Groupism, [12] Translated from the Original Bengali, [13] And Many, Many More. And we all know how & why those things were established. If anyone fails to attend Mahaprayan then they will lose their post; if anyone opposes the Fake BP election process they will be outcasted; if anyone points out scripture distortions, then they will be victimised etc. So these are the types of threats that were made by the ruling priest class or groupist leaders of the day. By this way they impose their will and intimidate others. In response, a section of fearful followers acquiesce. They watch the original BP manual go up in flames, they watch the AM Revolution discourses be snipped and cut; they watch one punishment posting ordered after another. They see so many things going on and they keep quiet - not wanting to invite any problem unto themselves, not wanting to invite the wrath of those priests. Their mantra becomes: "Keep quiet - do not say anything - just accept it all." In the back of their mind they think that "Baba will save the situation", when in fact it is their duty to come forward and fight for what is right. Such cowardly people become "yes man" or "goody-goodies" to those in power. They think that this is the only way to survive, when in truth they are ruining their entire tantric career by turning themselves into agents of dogma. Because what they accept out of fear, the next generations will blindly accept as truth, and Baba's true teachings will be lost. Because the younger people will think, "Our elders were around Baba so what they were doing must be correct." In that case, dogmatic functions like Mahaprayan and the reading of Fake Ananda Vaniis will become totally normal and the real ideological foundations of Ananda Marga will systematically vanish into thin air. There will not be a trace of AM left on this earth. This is not some false dream or fictional horror story. This is the reality of what will most certainly happen if a strong stand is not immediately taken against the present dogmas that priests have dragged into AM. Baba's advent will be for naught as His teachings will be gone.
So we must not be cowardly or fearful of threats and rantings by those in power, rather we are to stand up and maintain His original teachings. Therein lies the establishment of dharma in AMPS and our debt to Guru. Baba says, "We cannot call people “good” if they cannot lead people of all walks of life towards welfare. We can call them “goody-goodies” but not good people. Those who are truly good people will move bravely forward and provide inspiration and strength to those mute masses to fight against all kinds of obstacles, and give a clarion call to them to march ahead." (AV-22) Baba says, "Intelligent people should no longer remain silent...They must not act like goody-goodies, seeing evil but continuing to tolerate it. This is very bad." (NH-LOI, Disc: 2) Baba says, "The characteristic of good people is to fight against injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the helpless and fight against all evil persons. Those who are merely simple and are of a meek and goody-goody nature are not good people." (AFPS-5)
By Baba's grace, whenever and wherever we see any dogma cropping up or in vogue - whether it be sannyasi superiority or scriptural distortions - we should wage a merciless war, upholding Baba's teachings. Failure to do so is only inviting the multiplication of dogma and the ruination of our Marga. No one should fall into such a cowardly way of life. Baba says, "I have already said that Ananda Marga is the first movement aimed at liberating spirituality from the unwholesome influences from dogma. Hence you must not in any way encourage dogma. Rather, you should carry on an endless fight against dogma. And while fighting against dogma, you will realize the actual truth, and when you will come in contact with truth, you will be established in real spirituality...human beings have got to be established in human excellence and carry on a ceaseless struggle against dogma." (PNS-18) Namaskar, Surya
************************************************* Where Invented
In the following quote Baba reveals the history of the "ball" which is nowadays commonly used in innumerable games and sports. The ball is originally invented in India. The following Baba's teaching reveals this fact. Baba says, "The meaning of the root verb kand is 'to wallow'. We get the word kanduka (ball) by adding 'uk' to 'kand' or adding 'u' + 'ka' to kand. Its etymological meaning is 'that which rolls'; colloquially it refers to 'ball'-- a ball rolls. It should be remembered that the kanduka (ball) originated in this country. Originally, balls used to be made from cloth, but since cloth balls did not last very long people in ancient Bengal started making balls from the shoots of young bamboo." (SC-3, p.70-71)

Goenka: Honest & Courageous

Date: 27 Jun 2009 15:01:37 -0000 From: NJK Majumdar To: Subject: Goenka: Honest & Courageous Baba
Namaskar, Respected SS Goenka has decided to give up his hypocrisy and walk proudly on the path of groupism in front of one and all. This takes both honesty and courage. Most will not like to do this. Indeed brother Goenka is worthy of great recognition by one and all.
Taken altogether, Goenkaji's situation can be likened to that of a gay person, or child molester, or drug addict, who today has "walked out of the closet" and valiantly declared himself in front of one and all. By this way they escape from the net of hypocrisy, and embrace an honest approach by accepting of who they really are. Today, we know the truth about Goenka: As he himself has written - see the appended email below - he is part and parcel of one faction or group.
Everyone should appreciate Goenka's sincerity and at the same time kindly request him not to fall back into the negative hole of hypocrisy. Some of his cohorts may pressure him to change his statement, but our dear brother Goenka should stand tall and remain courageous and readily maintain his stance that he is part of one group. Then his days of hypocrisy will be over - at least on this point.
These days so many groupists cloak themselves under the golden banner of neo-humanism. They are confirmed groupists. In their heart of hearts they know this, but outwardly they say they are universalists. Such is the extent of their hypocrisy. That is why today, when SS Goenkaji has boldly come forward and openly declared himself as being part of a "faction" or "group", then we should all take a moment to appreciate his honesty and courage.
Because we all know that groupism is not looked upon favourably in AM. Baba is totally against any and all kinds of groupism. Thus most groupists commit a dual crime: That of groupism and hypocrisy. In their attempt to hide their wrongdoing of factional affiliation, they venture into the murky waters of hypocrisy. All done to cover-up who they truly are.
Please join me in giving maximum appreciation to Goenka Dada on this grand occasion. Without his wonderful qualities of courage and honesty, it would not have been possible for him to publicly declare in his latest mailing that he is indeed a confirmed groupist and factional team leader. With utmost respect, Nagendra
Re: Kolkata Global Meeting of margis and workers
Sat, 27 Jun 2009 17:24:38 +0530
Dear brother Kalyaneshvarananda Avt,
Subject: Re: Kolkata Global Meeting of margis and workers
Received your email of today (27.06.09). Your news are lop-sided. However, Kolkata Administration has every right to call a meeting. However, it should have been made clear that it is unilateral attempt on behalf of K.A. Else, it has caused a confusion that it is a joint programme of two factions. Many Grihii Margiis are asking me if they should attend August meeting or October meeting. The first said meeting is jointly called by two groups, whereas October meeting is convened by K.A only.
To clarify this basic issue, I am circulating this letter to all.
With brotherly regards,
S S Goenka

To Become A-Grade Bhakta

From: "A. Roy" To: Subject: To Become A-Grade Bhakta Date: Sat Jun 27 2009, 23:05 +0530 Baba "Toma'kei a'mi bha'loba'siyachi, keno ba'siya'chi ja'ni na'..." (P.S. 304) Purport: O' my Dearmost Baba, I love only You. Why I love You that I do not know-- I cannot say. But one thing is sure, from the deepest core of my heart I love You. Baba, by Your grace I have chosen Your path. You are my Polestar and I never have any iota of doubt why I have come on this path. My eyes remain fixed on Your blissful arrival, looking for You day and night. Baba, my mind always remembers You. In good times and bad, my mind always remains awake thinking about You. Baba please grace me by coming in my mind all the time-- during sleep & while awake, all the 24 hrs. Except You I do not believe anything. You alone are the love of my life. Baba, whatever may be the height of the tidal waves, and no matter how severe the difficulties are, always I will march ahead on Your path. And by Your divine grace I will continue to overcome all obstacles and reach unto You. Baba, other than You I have no desire. You are my Goal. You are my Ista. You are the Essence of my existence my Soul of soul. Baba, You are my Dearmost, I love only You...
Namaskar, This entire letter revolves around the spiritual ideal of how one can become an A-Grade bhakta, according to Baba. Being the Sadguru, Baba has graciously provided us with the exact way to reach this pinnacled state.
In this ultra-modern, materialistic era, we see how the mass of people thrust their minds in various directions. Their mind gets stained with the mundane colours of this world. This we all understand well and we all witness such events throughout the day. In contrast, as Ananda Margiis we know that we are to spend our human life involved in spiritual pursuits. In innumerable discourses, Baba has told us that human life is something very special-- very rare. And the aim of this human life is to come close Parama Purusa. And the only means we have for achieving this is through sadhana. And the chief ingredient for doing proper sadhana is bhakti. This magic formula is known to every Ananda Margii-- whether they be wholetimer or family margii or LFT etc. So now, on the cusp of this spring season, we should take the time to objectively evaluate our own standard of bhakti and also remain aware of the fact that we can always heighten our standard, by His grace. Because Baba has given us the tools to do so.
In order to move ahead let us take a look at one of the main ways that Baba has given us for measuring one's standard of bhakti. Baba says, "The bhaktas of the lowest category think, "As Parama Purus'a belongs to all, so certainly He belongs to me as well because I am one of the multitude." Thoughts of this type are not very congenial for one's spiritual progress. The second category of bhaktas is slightly better than this. They think, "Parama Purus'a is mine, and thus He must belong to others also." That is, the bhaktas of both categories have no hesitation in sharing Parama Purus'a with others. But the bhaktas of the highest category think, "Parama Purus'a is mine only and He belongs to no one else." This is the sign of an excellent sa'dhaka, and the spiritual progress of this category is inevitable. "He is mine and mine alone and He does not belong to anyone else" - this assertion is undoubtedly true." (SS-11, 26 February 1971 DMC, Jammu) So in His above guideline Baba acutely describes to us the three broad categories of bhaktas. And by internalizing Baba's teachings we can easily do self-analysis and understand where we are.
And really self-analysis is the key here because our entire relation with Parama Purusa is an internal affair. There is no third party involved. It is between I and God, between I and Baba. I may brag about my greatness to others, but what I am is not hidden in front of Parama Purusa. He sees me for who I am. So through self-analysis we should become truthful to ourselves about who we are-- what type of bhakta we are and what our relation is with Parama Purusa. All this is quite important. Because with Parama Purusa we should always be natural and straight and not pretend to be something else. That will not work. So self-analysis will help make our relation with Parama Purusa to be sincere and natural, which in turn will help give us the impetus & insight to proceed ahead on the path of bhakti. Hence, the whole concept of measuring one's own level of bhakti is not some hazy, baseless affair; rather, it is quite practical and highly scientific and is based on the process of self-analysis.
So once again, regarding the three categories or grades of devotees, Baba is quite clear: (a) The lowest bhaktas think that since Parama Purusa belongs to all then He also belongs to me also since I am part of the all. But this standard is not very desirable since one is willing to share Parama Purusa with others. That is Baba's teaching. (b) The next category of bhaktas falls into a similar problem. They think that since Parama Purusa belongs to me then He must belong to others also. Here again though the sadhaka is willing to share Parama Purusa with others-- that is the main weakness of this approach. (c) Finally, those who are A-grade bhaktas lovingly feel in their heart that 'Baba is mine and mine alone'. Such bhaktas do not feel comfortable sharing Parama Purusa with others. They want Baba all to themselves. According to Baba, this is the highest standard and such devotees are sure to reach the Goal. Their success is guaranteed.
And indeed this type of feeling-- of not wanting to share that which is most treasured-- is very natural in any kind of worldly attraction as well. All might have had the mundane experience that one does not like to share those things which they are deeply attached with. For example, a mother has very strong attachment for her baby; so, the mother does not like to share that baby with others. Similarly, that same theory applies with the highest realm of bhakti also. That stage comes where one feels that Parama Purusa is mine and mine alone. In that realm, one has the feeling in their heart not to share Baba with anyone else. This aspect is completely internal and the heart gets that feeling intrinsically by His grace. It is not something external where one is bragging to others or showing off their greatness in public. It is not like that. Rather, when through bhakti one feels that 'Baba is mine and mine alone', then that is just a soft, sweet internal feeling in the core of one's heart. So every sadhaka should do self-analysis and understand, 'If I want to share Baba with others or not'. Because understanding this will enable one to move ahead on the path.
Ultimately, in order to become that highest standard of bhakta-- where we think that Baba is mine and mine alone-- then two basic steps are needed.
First, we should openly and honestly evaluate our present status; we should sincerely recognise who we are as sadhakas. In that case we have to ask ourselves again and again, 'what is the nature of my relation with Baba, to what degree do I consider Him my own'. An honest estimation or self-analysis is needed otherwise we will not be able to rise up to the next level. Because Baba warns us again and again that there is not an iota of scope for duplicity or hypocrisy in spiritual life. So who we are, we should recognise and act accordingly inside. We should not falsely lie to ourselves if that is not who we are. So we should be true to our nature and at the same time dearly hold onto the vision that through sadhana and by His grace we may increase our standard.
Theoretically understanding all this is very easy but bringing the feeling that 'Parama Purusa is mine and mine alone' is very difficult. Bringing this idea in the domain of one's internal realisation is a huge endeavour. Just as it is easy to intellectually think that 'I am Brahma'. Whereas to internally feel and realise that 'I am Brahma' is completely different-- i.e. it is not easy. It takes sincere effort-- it takes sadhana, i.e. Iishvara Pranidhan or first lesson. And by that way one can get there. Similarly to develop the realisation that 'Baba is mine and mine alone', that demands intensive sadhana. Specifically, it means doing prolonged dhyana or sixth lesson.
So the second aspect is that we should be sincere in sadhana. All the lessons will pointedly help us to develop our spiritual base. These lessons will clean the mind and with that purified mind we can pointedly rush towards Him in dhyana. Because actually it is sixth lesson, or dhyana, which ultimately enables us become established in that highest grade of devotion. Why is it that dhyana is necessary? Why is it that dhyana is the secret to becoming an A-Grade bhakta? Because in dhyana one comes in very close proximity with Parama Purusa and one loves Him and serves Him and shares the feeling of their heart with Him. So much internal communication happens that is completely personal. And as this feeling grows more and more intense through dhyana then one internally starts feeling that 'I do not want to share Baba with anyone, Baba is mine and mine alone'. So dhyana is the only lesson which gives us the training and requisite bhakti to develop a more personal and intimate link with Baba. There is no other lesson like this. But to do dhyana or to reach up to that heightened stage of dhyana, other lessons are needed. All the lessons will serve as support pieces for strengthening dhyana. And then with dhyana an intimate feeling for Baba will grow more and more. So the regular practice of all the lessons and doing dhyana will bring Baba in a very close and intimate way. In which case that will make this highest stance of bhakti attainable. Of course nothing can come about without His grace. So His blessing is needed. And that He is surely giving. What we have to remember is that from our own side, effort is needed. And proper effort in dhyana will raise one to the highest standard. Because it is only in dhyana that one can nurture and cultivate that intimate relation that 'Baba is mine and mine alone'. This feeling can only arise in the mind through intense and sincere practice of dhyana. That is Baba's teaching.
As our practice of dhyana grows then one becomes more and more like Parama Purusa. That is, one sheds their colours by offering them unto Him. And in that way, when one is not shackled by so many worldly attachments, then the sadhaka becomes more and more fixed on the Goal. And in a spontaneous way the feeling will arise in the mind that, 'Baba is mine and mine alone'. This is the beautiful process that happens through dhyana. Baba says, "'By surrendering all the colours of my mind to You, I want to become colourless.' This surrender to the Supreme Consciousness propels human beings towards Him. So this colour festival is not merely an outward play; it is purely a psycho-spiritual phenomenon. This very psycho-spiritual phenomenon is operating behind the process of varn´a´rghyada´na [offering of colours]. 'O Lord, make me colourless so that I may move towards You without any hesitation'." (NH-LOI, 'Inner Asset')
By His divine grace, we will all feel that sweetest level of bhakti in our lives. Baba says, "This bhakti is a heavenly attribution, and this heavenly attribution is enjoyed by human beings." (SS-17, 1 June 1986 DMC, Calcutta) Namaskar, Amoghasiddhi
Ultimately to make dhyana a veritable force in our lives, two distinct qualities are needed. The mind must be both clean and concentrated. Think of it this way. If you look in the water to see your reflection then two things are needed. The water must be clear and the water must be still. Without both those attributions, one cannot see their reflection in the water. Likewise, in order to see Baba in dhyana, those same two qualities are needed. Firstly, that mind must be clear-- i.e. pure or clean just like that water. That means the mind must have the earnest desire to move on the spiritual path and not get hung up on mundane allurements. In this regard the other lessons and aspects of sadhana help a lot such as iishvara pranidhana, cakra shodhana (5th lesson), Guru Puja, Kiirtan, etc. Secondly, that mind must concentrated. That is, it must not move all over the place like a river. Rather it should remain quiet and still in one place. Or more specifically there should be a gentle flow of mind towards the Goal. Dhyana is a dynamic expression of mind. That is the beauty of concentration and that is a requisite of dhyana. Otherwise one will not be able to keep the idea & image of Baba in the mind. And to enhance concentration, then tattva dharana (3rd lesson), pranayama (4th lesson) and so many related spiritual practices are needed. So if the mind is dirty or fickle then dhyana is nothing but a dream. Whereas if we do all our spiritual practices and as our moral conduct improves then certainly our dhyana will grow more and more. And by Baba's grace dhyana is that special tool to bring Baba in one's close proximity and become an A-Grade bhakta. Certainly by regular dhyana, this sweet and intimate relation will descend in the dry heart, by His grace.

Name of Your Baby

Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2008 07:12:16 To: From: "Pavitra" pwKlauss@springnet... Subject: Name of Your Baby Baba "Ruper mela'y bose tumi arup ga'n shun'iye ja'o..." (PS 3331) Purport: O' Formless One, O' Divine Entity, You have situated Yourself in the festival and grandeur of form. You have created Your advent in this colourful world. You are playing Your flute-- singing Your song for me. By Your grace You have come emanating Your eternal call. Baba, bathing Yourself in the ocean of form You resonate Your divine sound in my heart. That is: by leaving Your eternal formless stance of Nirguna Brahma, You graciously descend upon this earth as the Taraka Brahma and come into the world of form. By Your grace, You fill the heart with devotion and with the irresistible urge to get You. O' my dearmost, You have come into the world of form and showered Your grace by playing Your eternal flute. Baba, Your sound-- Your divine flute-- resonates eternally in animate and inanimate beings, in flora and fauna, in mobile and immobile beings, everywhere. You saturate Your divine love in every thought and in all expressions. Baba, You play Your flute and by Your grace it vibrates in all atoms and in every molecule-- in everything and everywhere. O' Parama Purus'a, You are the Na'dtanu of the ages, You are beyond time; You are Ka'la'tiita. You are immutable. You remain in one unaltered state in all times: past, present and future. Because of Your immutable characteristics, You are not only beyond the bondage of time (Ka'la'tiita) but also beyond the bondage of space (Desha'tiita) and beyond the bondage of form. O' Na'dtanu, O' Parama Purusa, I do sastaunga pranam at Your alter... *Na'dtanu: This is one of the countless names that describes one of the infinite attributions of Parama Purusa. Specifically Na'dtanu refers to that Divine Entity who is the Lord of all music and dance. That is, the One whose very body is made out of the na'da-- the primordial sound-- is Himself the Lord of the dance.
Namaskar, When Baba held DMCs in our Berlin Sector, then Baba Himself was emphasizing the importance of Sanskrit names. Time and again He beautifully explained the meaning of various names and on multiple occasions He also corrected the then PA Dada Ramanandaji's pronunciation of Sanskrit names, or even changed the name itself to one having a spiritual meaning. Surrounding this, one beautiful scene comes to mind.
During one DMC we held our usual kaoshikii and tandava contests & when Dada Ramanandaji called out the names of those involved then he announced the name of one sister named Ama'vati. Immediately Baba pointed out that this name meant 'darkness' or 'new moon'; and then and there in front of one and all Baba graciously told that her name should be Jyotismati, meaning 'divine effulgence'. In that special way our sister took on this new name - one with a truly spiritual meaning. Certainly this was Baba's blessing upon that sister and the society, and the overall idea is that Baba gives great emphasis on the proper use of Sanskrit names, both with respect to pronunciation and meaning.
A name then is not just a word per se. It is an important reminder to both the named and the person addressing that individual that we live in a God-centered universe. This helps spiritualise one's daily life experience and reminds us of our Goal. Thus not any name will do - names should be given based on this ideal. (1) Choosing a name based on the sound of the word, or (2) issuing a name that lacks a devotional meaning is not part of our AM system. Yet, on occasion - or even more frequently - this has been known to happen. When names are such an essential element of our life as sadhakas, we should take the opportunity to carefully review this important topic.
As we all know, Baba has placed tremendous emphasis on the use of Sanskrit names. We are to use them in all circumstances - cent-per-cent of the time. Baba says, "At the time of initiation or shortly afterwards, those who do not have a Sanskrit name should be given one by the A'carya." (CC-I, p.6, 1995 Ed.) Baba says, "The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings." (CC-I p. 7, 1995 Ed.) That is why in our Marga, we all receive a Sanskrit name as soon as we enter AM and that name should be used pervasively, in all aspects of our life. Unfortunately quite commonly, outside of India, many use their Sanskrit name only at the time of dharmacakra or only when talking to margiis etc. In their daily or professional life, or even when communicating with their spouse, they may fail to use their Sanskrit name. This is one point for us all to be careful about.
At the same time we must be aware that not every Sanskrit name is appropriate, as depicted in the above story of that DMC. To ensure proper Sanskrit names are given, Baba has specifically detailed names that are of spiritual value. Every acarya has this list / booklet. Those are the names that are to be used in our Ananda Marga at the time of initiation. But it does not always happen like that. Of course, a large majority of the names in Sanskrit are "good" or "acceptable" for use in AM. By "good" or "acceptable", we mean that that Sanskrit name directly refers refers to Parama Purusa Himself or one of His divine qualities. Names like Purusottama (Cosmic Nucleus), Liila (His Divine Play), Kpra Devii (Personification of His Divine Grace) and Divyamurti (Embodiment of God) are ideal in that they remind us of the presence of Parama Purusa. However, there are many Sanskrit names that fail miserably in this regard. Names like Brinjal (eggplant) as well as other Sanskrit names meaning rice, chili, and other food items are not our ideal. Yet these Sankrit names are also used in the general society and on occasion sneak into our Marga. Plus various names such as the highly popular surname Singha, meaning lion, are based on the animals. Yet we know that according to the cycle of brahmacakra, human life is the veritable movement away from our baser animalistic vrittis towards our inherent sublime nature, i.e. life divine. So there is no value - rather it is detrimental - to have a Sanskrit name that refers to an animal. This is also a point of caution. Finally, there are some Sanskrit names like Khendi and Puddan, which do not mean something very glorified. And there are so many other examples. Then there is the so-called Sanskrit name, Pheku, meaning garbage. That also is obviously not up to the requisite standard. In addition, in India, they've begun giving Sanskrit names that are actually verbs or adjectives, not nouns. One such name is Chalati which is a verb meaning "to go". People choose such names because they feel they are unique. That is the new trend. Whether one is born inside or outside of India, regardless of our local traditions etc, we should ensure that our Sanskrit names are of proper meaning. If you have any question, consult your local acarya.
Another critical facet of this discussion is the use of nicknames. All too often our family members or close friends give us a nickname. Normally we are given these names when we are very young, such as when we are 4 or 5 years old. You have all heard them. Names like Pinky, Rinky, Tee-tee, Lulu, Bessy, Beansie etc. Often these names rhyme with our given name or are given for just some silly reason, albeit with good intention. Actually, when I was in India, I was surprised to see how each family member often has a non-spiritual nickname which all the other family members call them. In that way, they pass the bulk of the life being called a name that has virtually no sense and zero spiritual import. Wherever we live, we should all be wary and conscious of the use of nicknames - they should not replace our given Sanskrit names.
Finally, there are two other common words to discuss associated with naming. The first is Kumar and the second is Deva. At present, many in AM seem to attach Kumar to their name. Names like Devesh Kumar, Krsna Kumar, Jayanta Kumar, Chandranath Kumar and the like are quite common. Yet Kumar (kaoma'ra) refers to that state of life when one is immature. Baba says, "Childhood, or kaoma'ra." (SS-21) In those early years of life, children needlessly break and destroy their toys for no apparent reason and constantly switch from one task to the next, unable to concentrate on anything for any period of time. That is what kaomara means: the life of a child when all kinds of silly or senseless things are done. Here I am not trying to criticise children - they have their natural dharma. Childhood is part of the growing process. Only the point is that we should not attach that idea or identity with our Sanskrit name by adding the suffix Kumar. That is not our AM system - that is some folk manner from the traditions of old. If we wish to append any word to our Sanskrit name then that name should be Deva. Baba says, "Now, the word “deva” comes from the root word “div”. “Div” means “a divine existence”. So “deva” means “a divine existence”." (AV-3) Baba says, "The word deva should be suffixed to the name. Every person is at liberty to use his/her own surname, but the more the usage of deva as a title, the better it is." (CC-1) Thus we should link our Sanskrit names with Deva, not Kumar.
By Baba's grace when a proper Sanskrit name is given that that brings all kinds of beauty in life: Both to the individual and the society. It reminds of the eternal presence of Parama Purusa and keeps us ever-focused on the divine nature of human life. When we seek names for our own children we should keep in mind all of the above. Then their names will serve them well for this life. Those who are devotees can easily understand all these points - others may not. We should be vigilant to ensure that only proper Sanskrit names are used in our units and that we use these Sanskrit names in all circumstances and conditions. Baba says "If Sam'skrta is used human unity will be encouraged and human beings will move closer together." (PNS-17) Baba says, "Today not even the Pacific Ocean between Asia and America is difficult to cross. The people of Asia and America are touching each other's minds and have learned to accept each other sympathetically as their own. Europe, Africa, Australia, Mercury, Jupiter, the stars, the comets, the constellations - none of them is alien to the other, none is distant from another. Gradually everyone has begun to realise the vibration of the One Integral Mind." (AFPS-1) Namaskar, Pavitra
Baba tells in SS part III that those who are not established on the path of spirituality are shy to practice in front of others. Those who lack a deeper sense of deep devotion feel shy to reveal themselves as an Ananda Margiis, and most of the time they do not like to tell or use their own Sanskrit name - or the Sanskrit names of others. But this is only because of their weakness of the mind and lack of proper moral strength. So we should not be affected by this. Rather we should instill within that person the requisite strength, courage, and devotional confidence to move ahead in the right way. In Subhasita Samgraha part 3, Baba explains that those who suffer from such a weakness of mind due to materialism or other negative philosophies suffer from such psychic complexes. Baba says, "Those who are reared in the cradle of materialistic ideologies, feel shy or ashamed at first to sit in meditation in the presence of others." (SS pt 3, p.86)
*************************************** One Should Always Remember
Baba says, "However little one's capacity might be, if one constantly remembers that Parama Purus'a is always with him, that they are in the closest contact with Parama Purus'a, they will be able to do everything. They are not as small as they think themselves to be. And as long as they remember this closest association with Him, they can do much more than ordinary human beings. When this idea becomes permanently established in their minds, they become great. This is why no one should be disappointed or depressed in any circumstances; let everyone constantly perform great deeds, remembering that the flow of their capacity is coming from Parama Purus'a, and thus they can do everything." (AFPS-3, p.62)

"Ba'ngla' and Ba'nga'lii"

From: "Ramlal Sharma" To: Subject: "Ba'ngla' and Ba'nga'lii" Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 07:44:19 +0530 Baba "Ye ga'ne toma'ke shon'a'i tumi ki shon' na' priyo..." (PS 4471) Purport: O' my dearmost Baba, why don't You listen to the song which I am singing for You? Why do You neglect that song which is coming from my heart. The song which expresses the longing and yearning of my heart. That very song You do not care about-- why like this. When the flower which blossoms on this earth and emanates aroma all around, when that very flower is lying on the dust & crying, can that be forgotten? If it pleases You, You can take back all those mundane things which You have given me. Only one request I have-- that please remain constantly in my ideation. That is my sole desire...
Namaskar, These days, one group is spreading dogma that their samaj is the gifted one. And Baba did a special favor. At the centre of the favor was, a special book about their samaj which Baba wrote. And that book is "Bangla and Bengali". So this type of message is spreading around. And it is creating confusion in the entire Margi society. So on this point, certain critical facts I gathered, that I am enlisting here for your consultation. And at the same time, it is my request that what is your opinion about this point. You should also share. So here are the points about the "Bangla and Bengali" book, which that group is bragging about. This book is not any special book. Rather it is just one in the series of collections of discourses, made from various previous AM books. And not only that. It is not even a collection of complete discourses. It has a few discourses, which are complete -- which have been collected from other AM books. And yet most are just excerpts--a few paragraphs from discourses which are found in other books of AM Publications. Following are the facts. 1. To say or give logic that this book is specially about Bengal and given by Baba specially for that. And similar thing Baba did not do in relation with other samajas, does not have any sense. 2. For example, see the first discourse in this 'Bangla and Bengali' book, entitled "Tantra and Indo-Aryan Civilization". - In Bangla, "Tantra o Arya Bha'ratiiya Sabyata'". This is one very old discourse from the book "Abhimata". In English, that book is called "The Opinion". The discourse is now also in A Few Problems Solved (AFPS) and Discourses on Tantra. Those who are senior Margis, they know that this discourse was commonly known many, many years back. That time when Ananda Doot was published in Hindi, there it got published. When Central Office was in Jamalpur. And this book "Bangla and Bengali" came only recently. So in "Bangla and Bengali", that old discourse has been added and made the first chapter. So the point here is, that the discourse "Tantra and Indo-Aryan Civilization" is not originally published in "Bangla and Bengali". Not at all. To suggest so is to mislead. Rather, this discourse has been published since many years in various AMPS books. It has been brought into this book "Bangla and Bengali" only recently, but this discourse has come from other published AMPS books. Here in "Bangla and Bengali", it is just an appended discourse, part of a collection. Yet one group is claiming, that this book "Bangla and Bengali" was specially written by Baba as a favor to them, to reveal that their samaj (socio-economic unit) is gifted above all others. When this discourse and so many others from the book, already existed for years and were simply republished and reprinted in "Bangla and Bengali". Then if anyone is using this book to say their samaj is more gifted than others, that is looking like something false.
3. Usually wherever Baba visited, He gave huge talks on the various points of that local area / socioeconomic unit / samaj. Wherever DMC was, there Baba made a special tour and invited samaj Margis to join in the discourse. And then He gave various types of informations, about the local area and its development. But Sarvatmanandji did not like these discourses on samajas (socio-economic movements) outside Bengal, so those discourses did not get printed. Margis of those areas where Baba visited, they are living proof of this. If Sarvatmanandji had continued as the leader of AMPS, then Baba's discourses on other samajas all over India outside Bengal, they would never have come in the picture. Because in this world everything is changing. Those who are born, they will die. So those who are living proof, i.e. Margis of all those samajas (socio-economic units) outside Bengal where Baba visited. After their passing away, proof of Baba's visits to those places would have been lost. But instead now these Margis are the proof. Means, Baba gave huge information about all these samajas (socio-economic units) throughout India. Each and every samaj where Baba visited, such things happened. And such "Bangla-Bengali" type of book can be made about all the samajas. So saying this-- that Baba only spoke about Amra Bengali and none else, that is the notion of mental illness. 4. This "Bangla and Bengali" book is made of excerpts from previously published discourses. That is, discourses which have already been published in other AMPS books. Excerpts or limited selected parts of those discourses have been re-printed in "Bangla and Bengali". So one group is claiming that Baba has specially given this book for their samaj. That it is one special grace He made. When the discourses are published already in other AMPS books, then it is clear this is false news they are propagating. 5. Most of the discourses in "Bangla and Bengali", either they are full discourses available elsewhere in previous AM publications, or they are partial excerpts taken directly from other chapters of Baba's discourses. 6. One more example I will give you. The Samskrta grammar book series Shabda Cayanika from book 1-26. One of the chapters of this 'Bangla and Bengali' book is called "Bengali ki Viiresh Vijay Ke Bhule Jabe?". This very chapter is an excerpt from the Samskrta grammar Shabda Cayanika book, Part 1 pages 93-115. It is also available in the ZY-Find electronic edition. So in that way, what is printed in "Bangla and Bengali" is just excerpted from other AMPS books. Chapter after chapter in this Bangla-Bengali book is like that--taken from other books. But groupist persons are bragging that this book proves Baba favored their samaj. Compared to other samajas, they falsely claim that Bangalistan was given "top priority by Baba". And the book "Bangla and Bengali" which they say proves Baba gave more attention to their samaj, is full of discourses reprinted from other books. Here above I have given one example, and I will provide further examples below. 7. Those who were in power those days, wherever they got anything from Baba's discourses related with Bengali, they collected those paragraphs. And those very things, which Baba spoke about other samajas, they avoided. They rejected such things which are unrelated with their samaj, like straw. Then with the excerpts about Bengal which they collected, they created different titles and made them look like various independent discourses. And in that way a special book was created, that is -- "Bangla and Bengali". This is a sort of hypocrisy. To claim that "Bangalistan was given top priority by Baba in all the Samajas." And they try to prove Baba's "favoritism" on the basis of the book "Bangla and Bengali". But such claims are nonsense, as all Margis know that Baba's discourses about other samajas are plenty. But the group in power those days ignored and refused to print those other samaj discourses. And the book "Bangla and Bengali" which is supposed to prove Baba focussed only on Amra Bengali-- that book is full of discourses reprinted from other books which themselves have nothing to do with Bengal. So such claims to the "special status" of Bengal are completely false, unfounded. 8. We know that Namami Krsna Sundaram, Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Ananda Sutram, Guide to Human Conduct, and so many books. They are all complete books of Baba. Everything in these just-mentioned titles is original to those very books. It was never published before it came in those books. These are the volumes of Baba's originally published material. While after that, so many books came which are collections of other books. And these collected books such as AM Philosophy in a Nutshell, are "collection books". Because discourses from other AMPS books like Ananada Marga Elementary Philosophy, Idea and Ideology, Tattva Kaomudii, Faculty of Knowledge, Prama, Namami Krsna Sundaram, etc. So many discourses of all these books have been collected. And one series has been made, whose name is AM Philosophy in a Nutshell. But here, one thing we should remember. That in the Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell series, excerpts or sections of discourses from other books of Baba are not treated as independent chapters. No partial discourses have been brought. Rather, certain chapters have been brought in full, and this collection book, has been created. 9. To create collection books, there is a standard style which Baba has shown us: Collect the complete discourses given on one particular idea. And then gather those discourses, print them together and create one book. But collecting the paragraphs of various chapters and treating them as a special chapter. And on the top beating the drum, that "This special 'Bangla and Bengali' book is given by Baba in favor of Bengal only. No samaj could get that favor from Baba's side." Those who write like this, or propagate like this, they are imbalanced. 10. Here are some more facts, about the "Bangla and Bengali" book. From so many other books, like Ananda Vacanamrtam, Subhasita Samgraha, Prout, etc, different paragraphs have been collected and treated as though they are independent chapters of "Bangla and Bengali". In that way, this "Bangla and Bengali" book has been created. For example, Kuru Punyam Ahoratram - "Do Virtuous deeds Day and Night". And "Seven Secrets of Success". And so many more such discourses already printed in other books. They just took the discourse and branded it as a discourse of "Bangla and Bengali". They gave a new title and put it there. As though it had never been published elsewhere. By this way, fanatic Bengalis, those who are suffering from the psychic disease of narrow-mindedness or racial supremacy.(see note 1) They created the book. And now they are puffed up in the vanity of the supremacy of their race. And they think that they are specially God-gifted. So one should understand the hypocrisy of hypocritical people. With their dogmatic mind what they say, what they write has nothing to do with dharma, morality, or standard human practice. When hypocrisy is the be-all and end-all of life, then what noble guideline can you get from such people? Now in our organization, group clash is up to its brim. Its peak. Both the groups are creating huge problem. I did not have any desire to write on such point related with group politics. And when these groupist people, they falsely propagate their glory in silly manners, then usually I keep quiet. But in this case of "Bangla and Bengali", they brought Baba into their periphery. (see note 2) And they wrote in such a way as if Baba did a special favor to them. By writing the "Bangla and Bengali" book. But that was not the Satya, or eternal truth. Rather to give proper answer, all these above narrated facts have been collected. To give proof that Baba is impartial. He did not bestow special favor to Bengalistan. Only psychically diseased (see note 3) people are painting the rosy picture in a different way from the reality. No one should forget that Baba loves equally, one and all. He teaches us to work for the entire universe. Mind should be 360 degrees. It must not be narrow. Please write your suggestions.
In these difficult days, Baba blesses us with the following inspiration. That these times of narrow minded thought are giving way to a new, more enlightened age. "Narrow sentiments are gradually fading away and a universal outlook is arising in the minds of human beings. Science and technological development have exposed the blind faith and dogma that have suffocated many sections of society, and gradually humanity is advancing towards an age of rationality and common interest." (PNS-13, p.18) Baba further graces us, "We have a bright future--the crimson light of that future is breaking through the dark horizon of the present. We must welcome it." (PNS-9, p.36) Namaskar, Ramlal * In one of his group propaganda letters entitled "SUPPORT BANGALISTAN & SAMAJ MOVEMENT", Kalyaneshvaranandji has written the following: "Bangalistan was given top priority by Baba in all the Samajas." And to support his claim, Kalyaneshvaranandji has written: "Baba published the book "Bangla and Bangali." No such book was published by AMPS about any other Samaj, because - Baba never spoke so much about any other Samaj" ** These Shabda Cayanika discourses Baba has given in the Bangla language. That is why innocent and confused people, they think this is a book of Bengali grammar. But those who have gone through the book very carefully, they know this is Samskrta grammar. This book has nothing to do with Bengali grammar only. It is the grammar mainly of Samskrta, and then other Samskrta-related languages. Because hundreds of languages' vocabulary is from Samskrta. A huge percentage is there. Mostly Indian languages, some have more than 90% Samskrta and some a little less. But they carry these roots. That's why this Shabda Cayanika book is the grammar of all those languages. So it is our duty to remove this dogma that this Shabda Cayanika is a Bengali grammar book. It is just like when a mad dog bites anyone, then the germ spreads to and spoils that very living being. Similarly these diseased people, whatever comes in their contact, they tried to color it in their Bengali color. And went on and on singing the chorus in the favor of their samaj or their language. And so many things. *** In "Bangla and Bengali", most of the discourses are like this -- that is, excerpted from somewhere else. Two examples I have given you, above. But almost all are like this. Here follow more. Other chapters in "Bangla and Bengali" taken from Shabda Cayanika include: - "History of Bengal" from AFPS parts 3 and 5. They made this into the chapters 9 and 10 of Bangla and Bengali. - "Bengali New Year" -- This was AFPS-5, and they put it in as the chapter 11 of Bangla and Bengali. - "Spring Festival" is from AFPS-5 . And they put it as chapter #12 in Bangla and Bengali. - "Light Festival" from AVM, also taken and placed in Bangla and Bengali. And so many such discourses of AVM and Prout, and AFPS. And the Samskrta Grammar book. They just collected some full discourses and some excerpts. Some excerpts have been taken also from the Varna Vijinana and Varna Vicitra series of discourses. Uprooted from their original place and printed there in "Bangla and Bengali". note 1: Regarding those who suffer from the psychic disease of narrow-mindedness or racial supremacy. Those who are puffed up in the vanity of the supremacy of their race. And they think they are specially God-gifted. About the path followed by such persons, Baba says, "The followers of ism foolishly consider themselves to be God's chosen ones... They think that the Supreme Father bestows His grace only on them, not on the rest of creation." (PNS-16, p.6) And regarding such people, who consider their race to be higher than that of others. Baba condemns such persons on the point of their racial supremacy. Baba says, "Those who...believe in the artificial distinctions of caste and class, etc., or beat drums proclaiming racial supremacy, follow the path of self-contraction. Their sa'dhana' is the sa'dhana' of ignorance and annihilation." (DT-2, p.45) Baba concludes below, explaining about the outcome of those who misguidedly follow this crude path of racial supremacy, by viciously exploiting others. Baba says, "They talk about universalism like parrots. They have no defined ideology in their individual and collective lives, and merely dedicate themselves to the deception of the human race as they strive to serve their petty self-interests by any means, fair or foul. We cannot expect any beneficial contribution from them." (DT-2, p.13) Note 2: My situation is like suppose, if you are sitting in your quiet lonely room, doing your own job. And one dog started barking outside the window, constantly. Then how long can you tolerate such noise? So under the pressure of circumstances, you have to go and solve the barking problem. So when some people give wrong notion that Baba gave a special favor to their samaj or their language, then it is the duty of any Margi to remove the dogma which is getting spread. Because of this reason, I was forced to write. Note 3: Baba explains that only psychically diseased persons can develop interest to propagate their own so-called racial supremacy. And paint one falsified picture that Taraka Brahma favors their samaj above all others. Here Baba explains about the origin of this serious affliction. Baba says, "Those who do not follow the spiritual path may perform harmful actions at any time. Even those whom society respects as intelligent or learned may, in reality, be no better than "polished satans", or what the scriptures call "demons". Our modern society is full of such people." (DT-2, p.13) And ultimately, Baba tells the fate of such persons. Baba says, "Those who accept differences of lineage and caste degrade themselves, and are ultimately converted into foxes, dogs, pigs, worms, or even trees and stones." No one can prevent their degradation." (DT-2, p.45)
*************************************** About Rich People
Parama Purusa Baba says, "It must always be remembered that the value of money lies in its proper use. If more money is accumulated than what is necessary, it becomes valueless for want of use. To the extent that you keep idle and valueless money with you, to that extent you become responsible for the injustices done to the hungry and the naked. Your valueless hoard will have to be made valuable by providing opportunities for use by others. Those who do not know the right use of money on the basis of the exchange of mundane resources are in fact the enemies of society." (HS-1, p. 41)

Life in the Email Era

Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 10:28:08 +0100 To: From: Antonio Pierotti Subject: Life in the Email Era Baba "Tumi kato liila' kare ja'o, ke bujhibe kii bha'vana'y..." (P.S. 3164) Purport: Baba, there are varieties of liilas which You go on playing. Who can understand the mystery behind all these. As You like, You do. You are dancing in the flow of Your liila and that same flow makes everyone else dance also. Everything is happening according to Your desire. Baba, You are ever-present since eternity; and You will remain up to infinity. All the while emanating with Your unbroken flow. Through Your ota and prota yoga, You remain with everyone-- always. You are ever-effulgent in every nook and corner-- in all the directions. Will this unit mind ever be able to understand Your glory with its own strength? Baba Your grace is the ultimate shelter. And You have graced me and made me understand all this. And as You told, accordingly I will go on fully utilising all the strength and capacity which You have blessed me with. This is the path on which You have guided me-- and I will go on following this by Your grace. Baba, my final desire can only be quenched when I receive a wee-bit of Your grace & assurance that no matter what I will never forget Your lotus feet...
Namaskar, Email forums & internet discussion groups are at an all-time high-- both inside and outside of the Marga. They are everywhere; and they only seem to be multiplying more and more. This is especially true within AM. Now everyone is talking on points of AM ideology, which of course has its benefits and drawbacks. Some margiis and acaryas are writing wonderful letters on AM ideals whereas a few are just putting forth groupist propaganda or intellectual misfiring in the name of AM teachings. The main thrust being that this extreme output of email-- this filling of the e-waves-- puts more and more pressure on readers to apply greater vivek as to which mails to open and which to believe, lest they potentially be led astray etc.
In the past-- in the dark ages of AM-- from 1990 to 2000, things were completely different: Few were talking about AM ideology. And those who were got branded as being dissidents and outcastes etc. Because back in those days, the so-called leaders wanted everyone to blindly follow their administrative directives, whether their policies were consistent with Baba's teachings or not. Surely everyone remembers this. Hence, in that dark era, organisational announcements were made about programs like Mahaprayan or various Jubilees etc, and if anyone pointed out the ideological inconsistencies or dogmas of those programs, then the administration would try and pounce on those email writers-- and victimise them. Under that pressure and for other reasons, in those days the emails forums were slim on ideological talk and instead with filled with silly meanderings about cake mixes and talk about crude movies etc. This was the case on some of our Marga forums. That was then...
Now, however, things are totally different. On the one hand we can say things are flourishing. Ideological & organisational talk is going on everywhere. Many are reading and preaching the gospel of AM and the benefit is that this brings greater awareness. Plus it demonstrates an increased interest in AM ideals. So that is all good.
At the same time, in this "flourishing" of email, there is a lot of questionable, murky, and blatantly false material also being strewn around. That is why many are saying that this is like the fall of communism wherein after the "fall", just about every Ram, Shyam, Tom, Dick, and Harry suddenly had their opinion about what should be done. Such is the case on our AM e-waves these days, or so it seems. And one can waste hours, days, and even lifetimes wading through it all.
By and large however, despite everything, the ideological standard in AM is increasing. Margiis and workers alike have a greater understanding of Baba's teachings. This is what many are saying. And we can see proof of this also.
Because now when some jump on the email and start writing things like, "Bengal is great", "Amra Bengali is the top samaj", or "All funds around the world should go to Bangalistan", then everyone understands that what this person is writing is utter nonsense. Because the ideological standard has gone up. Everyone knows that Baba loves all the samajas equally and He wants for all samajas to grow and prosper, not just Amra Bengali. That is why none get befooled by the false Amra Bengali propaganda by this or that Dada.
Similarly, there are others who go to great lengths to justify the distortion done to Baba's discourse-- AM Revolution. Such theorists adamantly proclaim that it was necessary to delete the portion about margii rights. These days in this email era, there are some selfish souls who post such letters on a regular basis. But again, none get befooled. Because the ideological standard in AM has gone up. Everyone understands well that Baba's teachings are timeless and eternal and that no party with their narrow agenda has the right to distort or cut Baba's original discourses like AM Revolution.
Plus there are so many issues which indicate that field wts and margiis have a greater understanding of AM ideology. For instance: (a) if anyone writes that "expulsion is allowed in AM" then everyone recognises this as a false and unideological statement; (b) if anyone writes that the present day BP elections are following Baba's system, then everyone knows that this is just groupist propaganda because right now the fake BP manual (1997) is in vogue, not Baba's original teachings; (c) if anyone writes an invitation for all to attend the tiirtha programs in either Tiljala or Jamalpur etc, then once again margiis and field workers identify that as junk mail because all in AM know that we do not subscribe to the dogmatic tiirtha philosophy that limits Baba to a particular place because we feel that Parama Purusa resides in our heart; (d) if anyone group sends out their "Fake Ananda Vanii" on the internet, then here again all in AM just toss that Fake Vanii aside as all are aware that only Baba has beautifully given the real Ananda Vaniis which we are to follow; (e) if anyone says that unity should be made by by merging various groups or factions then we know that their recipe is doomed for failure. Because groupism and unity are inversely proportional. The mere existence of groupism in any form means the liquidation of AM ideology. And without AM ideology unity is an impossibility. For more about unity and ideology read this following letter: Note the above letter has recently been updated and contains many new points. (f) and like that there are countless issues and arenas which demonstrate that the ideological awareness in AM is on the rise. So the good comes with the bad. Many truly ideological emails come out on a daily basis and at the same time the internet waves are also filled with intellectual extravaganza and groupist madness as well. It goes in both directions.
The whole scene is just like the internet in general-- one can read all day long about things that may or may not be true and accurate. Indeed one can fill their entire lifetime with reading material but not necessarily get the facts straight. So that is why when viewing our Marga email forums etc, then letters need to be evaluated one at time and one should then make educated decisions about which forum to read and which ones to take less seriously. There should not be any bias in this regard. Because after all it is not about establishing the greatness of any particular forum but rather developing a crystal-clear understanding of Baba's teachings. Whichever mails lead in that direction then that is the way to go-- irrespective of who has written them and on which net they appear.
The only way to untwist it all and maximize one's time, understanding, and growth is to read Baba's books first. And that is what He wants also. Because by reading and studying His discourses and by doing sadhana, then one can develop a pinnacled understanding of AM ideology. In that case in this Internet era, one can easily recognise those mails which are ideologically meaningful with those that are basically rubbish. So reading Baba's books and involving in AM spiritual life is the best antidote to the current trends of this overloaded email era.
Baba has lovingly bestowed His grand teachings of AM upon us and by His grace we will serve His will by understanding His divine decrees and propagating His message. Baba says, "Now it is our bounden duty to carry this message to all nooks and corners of this world. The wind is blowing in our favour. We should carry the message to each and every particle of marrow of this living world." (AFPS-8) Namaskar, Omnkarnath
This current "flourishing" of email is reminiscent of the fall of communism whereby afterwards each and every fellow had their own opinion and theory about what was the need of the day. Similarly, in this aftermath of the dark ages in AM, now theories and strategies for building AM can be found on every street corner. And who has time to read all this stuff. Especially when much of it is off the mark.
And side by side, by Baba's grace there are many margiis and field workers who regularly contribute devotionally inspired and ideologically charged materials to our Marga emails forums. So this also has to be recognised.
*************************************** The Advent
Baba says, "Now when the society is in a degenerate or depraved condition, where fissiparous tendencies dominate, where the static principle dominates, it becomes impossible for Parama Purus'a to remain unaffected or unassailed by human sentiments and human cries and human demands. Then and then only does He come in the form of Ta'raka Brahma. 'Ta'raka' means 'the liberator.' And that Ta'raka is the Ba'ba' of the created world. For Him devotees sing, 'Ba'ba' Na'ma Kevalam'." (AV-12, p.44) Some confused people think that without fulfilling His promise Taraka Brahma Baba has left the earth. In the next category up, some mediocre persons, those who have a little bit better standard of thinking, know that Parama Purusa cannot go astray from His vow. So for them they think the whole thing is shrouded in mystery and they have to think very deeply to unravel this knot, rather than outrightly accusing that Baba did not fulfill His promise. They feel that accusing Him would be very bad. So considering all these various aspects, they remained quiet. In contrast, those who have deep devotion-- agreya buddhi (i.e.pointed intellect)-- in their heart they realise Baba's Supreme stance. And they understand that just as the style of Lord Krsna was different from that of Lord Shiva, similarly why should Baba follow the old pathways of Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna. Such as driving the chariot in the battleground with His own hand. Devotees of this category feel in their heart that this time Baba has established a completely new standard: That the grace of Parama Purusa is all that is needed to complete any task-- anything. There is no need for His physical involvement; He need not hold the reign of the chariot. Rather the chariot is moving by His divine grace and it will go on moving. In this way they think. So by His grace heaven is getting established on this dusty earth and very soon it will be quite apparent to one and all.

About Prout Leadership

Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2000 23:46:53 -0000 From: "Motilal Pandey" Subject: About Prout Leadership To: Baba "Toma'ke bha'lo besechi, tumi shudhu mane acho..." (P.S. 2562) Purport: Baba, I love You; only You are in my mind. You are my dearmost One and You alone are mine; You are the only moon in my mental sky-- mental plate. Baba, except You, everything else in this entire universe is temporary. Everything comes for a short time and then get lost into thin air, into the oblivion. Baba, only You are beginningless and endless; only You remain permanently-- eternally. Baba, nothing lasts forever in this world. At the end of the day, night falls and the light of day gets engulfed by the darkness. Similarly, the darkness of the night vanishes with the advent of the brilliant new dawn. Thus everything in this world is changing, transient. But the constant pouring of Your divine effulgence continues on and on-- it knows no limit; it knows no end. Baba, I am loving You; You are always residing in my mind; You are my only polestar. Baba, You are my Goal; You are my everything...
Namaskar, These days most everyone is understanding the clear and simple fact that in order to be an ideal Proutist one must be a spiritualist. That is one must be an Ananda Margii. Still though, floating out there on the horizon there might be one or two dogmatic type or so-called Prout leaders who get confused and proclaim that any of the various pseudo-reformists from the materialistic society are great Proutists. But such talk is only their delirium and has nothing to do with Baba's divine teachings on Prout.
In His Prout system, Baba has declared that sadvipras are the leaders of the society and that such sadvipras are to be developed in all the spheres of life including the spiritual realm. Baba says, "Sadvipra leadership is the ideal form of leadership. Such leaders will be physically fit, mentally developed and spiritually elevated. With their help and guidance, revolution will be materialized." (PNS-21) So to be a leader of the Proutistic society one must be a sadvipra and to be a sadvipra one must be firmly established in our AM spiritual way of life. And about this point Baba furthermore says here below that to be a sadvipra one must be exemplary in all regards and represent the moral and spiritual teachings of Ananda Marga in their every dealing and action. Baba says, "Only those who by their nature adhere to the ten commands [of yama & niyama] in their normal and spiritual conduct are the sadvipras." (I & I) And here again Baba guides us that those spiritually evolved sadvipras play an essential role in the growth and development of a Proutistic social order. Baba says, "Such a morally and spiritually equipped Sadvipra has to perform fundamental and vital duty to society." (I & I) Here is but one example how Baba expects sadvipras to oversee the progression of the social cycle. Baba says, "The bounden duty and dharma of a sadvipra shall be to protect the honest and the exploited and bring under control the dishonest and the rapacious exploiters." (AS, 5-2)
By all this it is quite evident that only those well-versed and practiced in the teachings of Ananda Marga will qualify themselves as sadvipras and that only sadvipras can be the true leaders of Prout. In that case where is there scope for crude materially oriented social reformist to take on a leader role in Prout. The answer is that it is not possible. Such communist-minded persons, or leftists, or pseudo reformists can never carry the flag of Prout and lead the humanity forward. Baba says, "Those who want to bring about the revolution of the proletariat only with the help of the working class, will come a cropper. The proletariat-minded people do not understand their own problems, nor do they have the courage to dream of their solution...That is why I say such people do not bring about proletariat revolution-- they cannot. To depend on them is not only undesirable but the height of foolishness." (Prout) Here below Baba defines who is capable to establish the Proutistic society. Baba says, "To bring about a real revolution is not at all easy. The pioneers of revolution will have to be what I call sadvipras...Such strictly disciplined, ideal sadvipras alone can be the missionaries of revolution. They alone shall carry the message of revolution to every corner of the earth-- right into every vein and venule of human existence. The flying colors of the revolution, the banner of victory, shall remain in their hands alone." (Prout) Namaskar, Motilal Note: I kindly request others to also write their thoughts and ideas on this important topic. Note 2: Here below are more points which establish the fact that to be an ideal Proutist one must be an ardent follower of Ananda Marga.
In His dharmic Prout discourse, 'Your Mission', Baba gives the step by step guidelines for building up a Proutistic society. And Baba's initial directive is to do sadhana. Baba says, "Your first duty is to observe morality and to do intuitional practices. Without this you cannot have mental determination." (Prout-18, p.1) So to be an ideal Proutist and to establish Prout, sadhana is an indispensable ingredient. Only when one has acquired the requisite strength from ideating on Ista can one fight for dharma. Otherwise without that they will get kicked by the exploiters and then immediately lose their patience and mental balance. The key point being that without spiritual shakti, fake leaders always cry and give up.
So without spirituality one is just one fake type of social leader or mock Proutist. And such type of fakes will exploit just as much if not more than the blood-sucking capitalists of today. Because devoid of spiritual values, in their superficial dealing they will put on some false display of Proutistic type of ideas just for the sake of grabbing the power and the result will be hellish. Baba explicitly warns us about the ways of such persons. Baba says, "You will come across many such people that are not farmers or laborers themselves but they shed a flood of crocodile tears for the woes of farmers and laborers, carefully hiding their own mean intent. These knaves who once used to drench their breasts with tears for the woes of these people, forget them in a trice, the moment they get a good job or attain some power in hand. It is then that their real colors reveal themselves. " (SS-3) So no margii should get befooled by such duplicitous persons.
And like this there are numerous points already expressed on this topic which point in the direction that one must be an Ananda Margii to be a true Prout leader.
****************************************** Eating Time
Baba says, "The bananas we eat when they ripen, such as ca'npa', marttama'n and ka'nt'a'lii, are called ka'nca' kala' when they are unripe, and those bananas that are cooked as a vegetable when they are green [plantains] are called ka'nckala'). Rambha' means 'ripe banana'." (Varna Vijiana, Disc 10) Baba says, "Roasted bel, or ripe banana peeled and fried in ghee, can be taken as breakfast or a snack. These foods serve as both food and medicine." (YT) Note: One small variety of banana-- ca'npa' banana-- is very beneficial if eaten in the morning hours. But if that same banana is eaten in the afternoon or late hours, then it causes cough and cold etc. Obviously eating that type of banana at those times is harmful to one's health. Most other bananas are okay anytime. But in general its nature is cold so those suffering from such diseases should refrain from eating them in the late hours.

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