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Cowards Can't Do Good

Date: Wed 06 May 2009 23:39:07 -0400 To: Subject: Cowards Can't Do Good From: JULES Baba "Ba'dha' eseche bheunegeche toma'r...hoyeche..." (PS 2647) Purport: Baba, by Your grace all those obstacles which have come on the path are pulverized. They got completely destroyed. Whatever horrifying things were there-- fog, dilemma, confusion-- that all disappeared into thin air. This happened only because of Your divine grace. In its ghastly attempt, the bad days-- the foggy weather-- wanted to swallow everything in its ghastly attempt. And it wanted to submerge everything into cimmerian darkness. However the demons' dance, and the days of hellish creatures and their kingdom-- these are gone forever by Your grace, by Your karuna. O' Parama Purusa, the Charioteer of the chariot of effulgence, You have come. All the confusion, illusion, and dilemmas have been wiped away from everyone's mind. It is Your grace. Baba, due to Your holy advent the bondage of ignorance and staticity and the serpentine noose of maya have been destroyed. With the presence of Your august advent, Your arrival, all the sins have gotten destroyed. Now everything is saturated with divine effulgence. Baba, You are ever-gracious...
Namaskar, True bhaktas come onto this earth to glorify the name of God and propagate the teachings of Parama Purusa - not for their own name and fame nor to highlight themselves. Lately, one Dada has broken this tenet on the grand stage. In front of millions of readers he has glorified himself and disrespected Baba. That Dada may think that he has gained huge self-prestige by getting his own name in print, but what he may not realise is that in front of millions he has actually exposed his own lowly standing. Instead of being viewed as a great bhakta, everyone will easily see how his relationship with Baba is basically nil. Such is the ironic fate that meets those who aim for self-glorification. Baba says, "O human beings... Do not try to do anything for your petty personal and group interests, because whatever little you want to do with your limited outlook cannot last. The cruel touch of time will annihilate your aspirations into an oblivion that you cannot comprehend." (PNS-1, p.4) Let's now find out a bit more about this case.
In all spheres of life people give maximum respect and high regard to those whom they revere. For example when the pope or Dalai Lama are introduced then words like "his high holiness", "revered one", and "divine being" are used. Their followers will always do like this. The devotees of Ramakrsna, Yogananda and Vivekananda always use Swamiji or Thakur and then they close with Paramahansa. These titles show great respect and reverence. Likewise the laukik name of Nimimmayi Pundit is not so impressive sounding that is why followers refer to their saint as Caetanya Mahaprabhu. Even when worldly leaders are introduced, then always proper due reference is given. They are known as "Mr President", or "Mrs Prime Minister", or whatever their respected title may be. Hence it is quite common to publicly revere leaders - whether they be a leader of a church, state, or mission. By this way, the rest of the world knows that that person is a respected one. People may or may not be catholic, but because those catholics revere the pope up to the sky, then everyone on this earth feels that the pope is someone of great stature and import. Same is the case with the Dalai Lama, Ramakrsna, and the leaders of various countries. In contrast, if their own followers do not give them respect on the public stage, then the rest of the world will automatically think that that so-called leader is not so great - rather he is just a second rate individual, or worse than that. Hence, it is extremely important for one to give great respect to those whom they revere.
Keeping all of the above in mind, take a look at what one Dadaji has done. Firstly, this Dada often submits excerpts of Baba's pravacans to various newspapers to print. In particular, such excerpts have appeared multiple times in the Hindustan (Hindi) paper that is published in Patna, Bihar. And each and every time, at the end of the article, the by-line reads, "Shrii Anandamurti." Yet we know that each and every person of normal standing in India is Shrii. Everyone is given this title - it is common. That is why in Ananda Marga we refer to Baba as Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Using Shrii twice and adding the suffix "ji" is our standard practice as this demonstrates the deep regard we have for our Sadguru. This is especially important to do in the public domain such as in the newspaper. In private we may just say Baba, but on the public stage then always we use Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, or even Revered Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. But this Dadaji merely submits the article as being written by, "Shrii Anandamurti". This has occurred on not one, but multiple occasions.
Numerous margiis were horrified by what they saw and they immediately used their cell phones to call the editor of the newspaper to complain. But the editor replied, "When the person who has submitted the article has written only one Shrii, then as an editor how can I change that to two Shrii. The editor follows the format used by the person submitting the article." Hence it is clear that Dadaji alone is to blame for this severe oversight - Dadaji alone is to blame. The tragedy is that he has done this multiple times. At first margiis thought it was just a clerical error, but when it happened repeatedly, that is when they called the paper to complain. Yet all along it was Dada's fault. He was the one behind the problem. Tragically, this was not at isolated affair.
Now take a look at another example of what this Dada has done. In 28th Nov. 2008, on page 8, the Hindustan newspaper (Hindi) of Patna printed one column by this same Dada. The title of this essay is "Prabha'ta Samgiita ke bol". And in this essay, Baba's names appears in two places and on each occasion Baba is merely referred to as Anandamurti. There is not even a single Shrii. And this has happened two times. Here are the exact sentences: 1) "Anandamarga ke pravartaka A'nandamurti ne panc haja'r giiton kii racana' kii." 2) "...A'nandamurti 8 bha'sa'on mein jaise Hindi, Samskrta, Bangala', Angrejii, Urdu, Angika', Magahii, aur Maithilii mein Prabha'ta Samgiita taiya'r kiya' hai." So in both places, this Dadaji has merely referred to our Sadguru Baba as Anandamurti - all done in newspaper for the whole world to read. And this done in the land of India where giving high respect is commonly done. So it is not at all radical to use Shrii Shrii. But due to his cowardly nature or self-centeredness or low devotion, or most probably due to all of these factors that Dadaji has written only "Anandamurti" in his own article about Baba and Ananda Marga.
In defense of Dada, some may say that Dada did this all in innocence. But let us remember that we are talking about an avadhuta, someone well aware of AM scripture and someone who has certainly read Caryacarya. As a reminder here is what it says in Caryacarya. Baba says, "The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings - That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of [Shrii Shrii] Anandamurtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty." (CC-II, p.1, point 1A) By the above passage, Baba Himself is commanding and guiding us to give maximum respect and that we are to convey this sense of respect to others as well. So there is no excuse, being an avadhuta and having studied Caryacarya, there is no logical or rational reason why Dadaji would refer to Baba merely as Anandamurti. But to top it off, when it came time to sign his own name to the article, then Dadaji writes, "Aca'rya Divyacetana'nanda". So he has used Acarya with his own name and given himself such a title, but with our revered Baba he could not do the same. Such is the way of this Dada. By all this, the world is not going to respect Baba when they read the article, and secondly, any margii who reads this article will certainly feel that Dada Divyacetananda is arrogant and has little or no devotional feeling.
A learned professor once had his father visit him him at the university. The father was a simple man who still lived village life. So the professor, embarrassed of his simple father, introduced him to his colleagues and students, and said, 'This is my servant." When in truth the man was his father. When people are cowards they do not have the courage to stand in front of others and proclaim what they know to be true. Just as the above professor was ashamed of his father, likewise it seems that Dadaji is too embarrassed or scared to refer to Baba as Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Otherwise what can be the reason why an avadhuta of AM would fail to do such a thing.
As a reminder, here is Baba's teaching about the great import of the word Shrii. Baba says, "The Samskrta word Shrii means 'the most charming personality'. The word 'shrii' is derived from sha + ra + uniis. 'Sha' is the acoustic root of the mutative principle, and 'ra' is the acoustic root of energy. With the help of these two things, 'sha' plus 'ra', human beings are moving, dancing, speaking, and doing so many things. Obviously they need 'sha' and 'ra' very much. The Supreme abode of 'shrii' is Parama Purus'a." (SS-12, p.4) So the term Shrii has great significance and deep meaning. That is why we always use Shrii twice when referring to Baba. It is not just some small point. But this Dada neglected the matter entirely.
Due to his self-pride, Dadaji has the courage to refer to himself as Acarya but he has no such mind or courage to refer to Baba as Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Baba says, "One should not be proud of his post, position, beauty, wealth, honour, or knowledge. All belong to the Divine Entity, Parama Purus'a; nothing is mine." (AV-1, p.8) Baba says, "A person boasts of learning, intellect and fortune. But nothing is eternal. Therefore one who boasts of anything of this world is a fool." (AV-1, p.7) By the above quotes, the level of Dada's standard is quite clear.
By His grace, on the eve of this Ananda Purnima celebration, may we all recognise and realise the greatness of our Beloved Baba and always pay Him maximum reverence in the public domain. There is no other way. Let us not fall into any cowardly habit as Dadaji has done. Baba says, "The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings - That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamurtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty." (CC-II, p.1, point 1A) Namaskar, Yogendra
About such cowardly people who dress up as avadhutas, Baba has said the following:
Mana na' ra'inga'ile ra'inga'ile yogi ka'par'a.
Saffron and red do not a yogi make With mind undyed he remains a fake.
"Dye your mind with His colour. Those who have not done so cannot attain Him, for this very coloration is Prema or Divine Love... No external sign of Sa'dhuta' or virtue is necessary. Become sa'dhu within. Behind the external show of virtuousness of many so-called sa'dhus exists a pharisaic state of mind. Preserve the true dignity of the word, Sa'dhu."
"Mu'd'ha mu'ra'ye jata' v'ar'aye.... With shaven head or matted locks And ashen body a Sadhu walks With the swaggering gait of a well-fed buffalo. And crude mind filled with thoughts mean and low."
"That is why I say that you must bring about a revolutionary change in the flow of your judgment and thought, and see how, after overcoming your fascination with external colour, your mind becomes tinged with the His glorious colour." (SS part 3)
********************************************* UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT WEALTH
Baba says, "In the subtle economic sense, the value of wealth is the real wealth. Wealth, if not properly defined, may mean only riches. But the value of wealth is to be measured in terms of its capacity to purchase commodities. That is, the purchasing capacity of wealth is its real value. This real value of wealth has not yet been properly understood in numerical terms by economists." (Proutist Economics, p. 269)

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