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Remedy For Trauma Patients

Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 22:23:42 -0400 From: Donald_G To: Subject: Remedy For Trauma Patients Baba "Ekahno ki prabhu toma'y du're tha'ka' bha'lo dekha'y..." 2332 Purport: Baba with deep longing in my heart I go on calling You. How can You feel good when You do not pay heed to my call. Do You think that this is appropriate. In calling You again and again my voice got hoarse until finally I completely lost my voice. But Your heart never melted. Baba, on which dusty earth have You sent me-- thus pushing me far from You. Why have You forgotten me. Is this the definition of Your love. Should I believe that what You are doing is proper. Baba Your liila is unfathomable; it is beyond my understanding. Why do You do like this. I do not have the proper language to express myself, but all these feelings which I am sharing with You come from deep within my heart. Baba, sometimes You make me cry & float in my tears; and sometimes You make me laugh when my heart is filled with Your longing. Baba, I do not know what to do. How long do I have to wait for Your heart to melt. Baba please come...
Namaskar, Here is yet another striking example of how AM sadhana - and not any other sadhana or therapy - really is the panacea for today's modern world.
Tragically, this globe is now full of grave injustices where people are terribly wronged and suffer a lot. The recently-coined term "post-traumatic stress disorder" (PTSD) has become a common phenomenon, especially in the west. Yet, unfortunately, in the east this critical problem is also starting to take root. Basically, when people are overwhelmed by a traumatic or horrifying experience - such as (a) the death of their child, (b) time in a Nazi concentration camp, (c) marital abuse, (d) tragedies of war, (e) sexual abuse, (f) being held hostage etc - then their mind shuts down and they are often buried in a state of psychic upheaval, revisiting those awful scenes again and again. They undergo a terrible mental crisis and extended suffering. In result, they fail to return to a normal frame of mind and are unable to function properly in life. Such victims have often been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - a terrible psychic malady. Many techniques have been tried to cure such patients through counseling, rehab, work-programs, drugs, support groups, relaxation, hypnosis, and even various types of meditation. But often those patients continue to suffer from their mental despair and PTSD for the remainder of their life. They are never the same again. Psychiatric and health-care professionals do not have a proper approach or cure.
While we can easily see how war veterans and victims of abuse (child abuse, wife abuse etc) fall prey to this terrible syndrome or PTSD, recently a group of Tibetan monks also suffered from this. Due to the harsh crackdown in Tibet wherein the Chinese military detained and tortured Buddhist monks, those monks tragically fell into a state of psychic disarray and were diagnosed with PTSD. Not to make light of the situation in any way, but this does bring up a striking point: Buddhist meditation was unable to break the spell of their mental trauma. It was unable to free those monks of their psychic suffering. The main reason is that the human mind needs something to think about. It will always seek an object of ideation, or abhoga. Baba says, "A'bhoga means occupation or pabulum..the mind also requires a pabulum; whatever object the mind confines itself to, that is its pabulum." (SS-11) But in Buddhist meditation, the aim is to empty the mind. When in reality, that is not possible. The mind will always to fill that psychic vacuum with something. In the case of PTSD patients, their mind gets flooded with those horrifying scenes and they relive those fateful days of suffering over and over again. That was what was happening with those Buddhist monks. Their meditative technique of emptying the mind was insufficient to overcome their issues of PTSD.
When traditional western approaches (counseling, drugs, therapy, hypnosis, etc) and when other meditative practices cannot cure those patients, then something else must be tried. The world is looking hard for a remedy for PTSD, as this mental ailment is rampant and becoming more prevalent as the pressures and tragedies of the day mount. Of course, as Ananda Margiis we know that Baba has given the real remedy. And that remedy is Ananda Marga sadhana. Only AM sadhana can remedy the situation and bring the patient back into a proper frame of mind.
The question then is why AM sadhana is the remedy and not any other type of meditation. The answer is that only AM sadhana is based on incantative power, pulsative force, and ideative method. For more about this read Baba's spiritual discourses like 'Mantra Caetanya', 'Tantra and Sadhana' etc. Plus only AM sadhana is fueled by the grace of Parama Purusa and utilizes siddha mantras. Even our Baba Nam Kevalam mantra is enough to cure patients of PTSD. As we know, in AM sadhana, the mind is vibrated by a mantra and goaded toward Brahma. Then the mind can no longer hold onto old, stale thoughts. The mind is forced to shift away from those tragic days of torture. Of course, there is a vast philosophical and rational base behind the rational system of our AM sadhana. When the mind is ensconced in this approach, then all kinds of psychic ailments can be cured, including PTSD. Soon the world will discover this.
To cure PTSD patients, the main thing is that those victims of torture and pain must be placed in a proper environment to properly practice AM sadhana. Sadhana camps, sadhana shivir, akhanda kiirtan, spiritual retreats are the perfect atmosphere to ensconce the mind in psycho-spiritual practices. Those with PTSD should be encouraged - if not mandated - to attend these functions. Then they can really be cured of their psychic maladies. Then they will not look back at those past events of pain, but their mind will surge ahead in a positive flow that will bring psychic equilibrium, stability, and the ability to greet life in a new way. Our AM sadhana has that requisite force. And it is our duty to create the right environment for those in need. By our sadhana camps and spiritual retreats, many PTSD patients will be cured.
Who can forget those days when Ananda Nagar was under siege in 1967. Step by step our AM was under attack from communists. So many nefarious things happened and countless Ananda Margiis were jailed and tortured. But those jails turned into a spiritual havens for our brothers and sisters of the Marga and so many Wts were created. It was really a phenomenon. Actually, those days, many groups, religions, and radicals were thrown in jail by Indira Gandhi's dictatorial regime. And those detainees often fell into woe and suffering. But not Ananda Margiis. Rather in jail, those margiis created a whirlwind of spiritual flow. Huge dharmacakras and akhanda kiirtans were held. Margiis on the outside were coming to attend. And there was a surge of psycho-spiritual force. Indeed, it was the talk of the town how. People were wondering why Ananda Margiis were not discourage, depressed, or sunken into woe because of being persecuted. That was what everyone was talking about. The answer of course is AM sadhana and devotional practices. That is why Ananda Margiis could rise above the torture of life in jail, whereas other detainees were depressed and falling prey to psychic maladies like PTSD etc.
Today there are so many psychic ailments, diseases, syndromes, and afflictions that are causing people to lose their mental balance. Thus far, western medical professionals and eastern meditative approaches cannot relieve patients of their mental suffering. A Buddhist meditation or new age relaxation made offer a touch of help for those leading an already normal life. But such techniques are not strong enough to clear the mind from more serious psychic afflictions like PTSD. And western drugs and therapy sessions are not the right way. Drugs bring so many problems and therapy attendees end up talking about their problems, thus again plunging the mind in those painful memories. That is why to this day, Vietnam war veterans and Holocaust victims continue to suffer from mental imbalances, depression, fateful memories etc. They may try eastern techniques or western approaches, but a cure is not found. The world however has not stopped looking for solutions and very soon they will come to realize that our AM sadhana is the remedy.
By Baba's grace we have to move forward in our own spiritual practices. That will give us the inspiration, innovation, energy, and insight to bring AM sadhana to the masses. Then so many people can be benefited, including those suffering from PTSD. Baba says, "A correct spiritual ideology is the only solution to the problems confronting the world. From this perspective we can call Ananda Marga ideology the philosophers’ stone. Just as the philosophers’ stone is meant to transform everything into gold, Ananda Marga ideology can, most definitely, find a just and rational solution whenever it is applied to any problem." (POD #36) Namaskar, Divyajyoti
****************************************** Who is Real Human Being
Baba says, "Parama Purusa will be pleased when you serve His creation-- not only human beings, but also plants, animals, and the rest of creation. That is bhu'ta yajina, pite yajina, and nr yajina are to be performed. Those who have this feeling are human beings in the real sense of the term." (AV-3, p.58) Note: Usually so-called advanced people do most things solely for their own self-gratification and personal entertainment etc. Sometimes it may look like they are doing social service work, but it is not social service in the true sense. Because they are doing that "service" only to enhance their own prestige and to garner praise from all around. And proof is that they themselves brag about the little things that they did. So what they are doing is just business, not service. If in their various duties and works anyone does not feel that they are truly serving the progeny of Parama Purusa, then we cannot call such people proper human beings.

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