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What Is To Be Done

Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2008 06:56:14 -0500 To: Subject: What Is To Be Done From: CJ Phillips Baba "Tumi balo a'ma're, balo a'ma're kii diye tus'ibo toma're..." - P.S. 1235 Purport: O' Baba please tell me how I can satisfy You... O' Parama Purusa Baba-- the Creator of this great universe-- whatever jewels, gold, emeralds, pearls, and gems that are accumulated in this universe, You Yourself are the Creator of those treasures. Then what offering can I make that will satisfy You. Indeed what can anybody give to You when You are the Supreme Controller of this entire creation. Baba, whatever intellect, intuition, knowledge, & whatever thinking capacity I have, all these things also are tied up on Your doorstep. All these things are within Your easy reach. Then in what way can I satisfy You when You are the Controller of everything. Beyond, this what else is there. Baba, in this world I am completely empty-- then how can I serve You, please tell me. Baba, only I am surrendering unto You; please tell me what way I can satisfy You...
Namaskar, Every Ananda Margii is well aware that our AM ideology has the solution for all the problems in every realm of life. From individual to collective, from social to psychic, Baba has beautifully given the answer in His teachings of AM.
At the same time to bring about real social welfare, there must be understanding of the problem at hand as well as the right application of our AM ideology. Putting a square peg in a round hole will not work. Rather, careful and deep understanding is needed in order to truly cure any social ill-- only that will bring about a permanent solution.
For example, if anyone travels around any major US metropolitan center then early in the morning one will see long lines of poor and homeless people waiting to get a free meal from a 'soup kitchen'-- i.e. a place that freely distributes food to the needy. This is the common sight. Surveying the scene, one might initially or hastily conclude that more 'Free Food Kitchens' are needed to serve all those starving, homeless people. And in that case one might spend a whole bunch of energy and money creating yet another 'Free Kitchen' to prepare & distribute food to the poor. One might engage in this type of 'constructive work'-- thinking that this will solve the problem. But Baba warns us about such type of an approach. Baba says, "It may not be possible to bring about social welfare through constructive programmes." (NKS, '97, p.233) Baba's above guideline is that when a problem is so rampant and deep-seeded and so misunderstood such as starvation in the materially wealthy US, then such an approach of making one more 'Soup Kitchen' is not going to address the issue fully. That 'constructive work' will not get at the root cause. And that will not bring about a permanent solution. Because in that exploitative environment where the resources are all gobbled up by a select few, then forming yet another 'Free Kitchen' will not lead to real social welfare. Something else is needed.
Similarly, others upon seeing the huge numbers of hungry people lining the streets each morning might attempt a different solution. They might become angry and opt to immediately wage a war against the city mayor and protest the injustices caused by the ruling vaeshyas. Sure enough, a few activists may think that by this way they can bring about real social welfare. But once again, Baba warns us about the pitfalls of this approach. Baba says, "It may not be possible to bring about social welfare through...the struggle against injustice alone." (NKS, '97, p.233) So launching fiery protests will also fall short of the mark, as a first-step solution. Because a loud afternoon of yelling and raising the slogan against the leaders will not yield any salt-- it will not bring about any relief or answers, if the hearts and minds of the public are not rallying around that protest. If most people are lazily day-dreaming that one day they will hit the jackpot and become rich and own a Mercedes Benz and a swimming pool, then they will not want to wage a war against the present social rule. If in their heart of hearts they admire the likes of Bill Gates and Donald Trump type of people etc, then they will never support a protest against the top capitalist dogs. Rather they will defend those capitalists and think those waging the protest are crazy.
Rather, according to Baba, what is needed in such situations like starvation in the US is the rising of social consciousness. Baba says, "Without arousing social consciousness, it is next to impossible to bring about social welfare." (PNS-21, p.63) Once people are educated about the extreme exploitation of capitalism in the US, and once the public truly understands that the huge material wealth in the US is concentrated in the hands of a select few-- once they realise that 60% of all the wealth is controlled by a mere 1% of the population, then only a just and rational solution can be found. Then people will be ready to do the needful. So social awareness is the first and foremost step. Social consciousness about the real terrors of capitalism is needed. And surely then people will realise that it is the exploitative system itself that is creating the problem-- that is the root cause. And that is what must be changed.
So the right application and right understanding is needed. Because in the aforementioned case of starvation in US cities, making one new Free Food Kitchen will at best give temporary relief and might even create more harm by causing the starvation problem to continue longer. And prematurely protesting against that exploitation without the support of the common public will just give one a hoarse voice and perhaps a few nights in jail or worse like the spilling of human blood. No real good will result. In that case, only social awakening-- social consciousness-- will bring about the proper and final solution. This is Baba's key teaching. Baba says, "Without arousing social consciousness, it is next to impossible to bring about social welfare." (PNS-21, p.63)
Likewise in our Marga, when confronted with any problem then we have to think carefully. Some people blindly think that in this era of extreme groupism the best thing is just simply is to sink oneself in the concrete work. But tragically this generally comes up short. Because some get frustrated with the way things are in AMPS these days and they end up forming their own constructive programs outside the structure. And this just leads to more division and infighting. While others sincerely engage in seemingly constructive programs within AM only to see the fruits of their labour & effort misutilised by one or another groupist leader. This is another common outcome. So taking a quick look around it becomes increasingly evident that our first-hand approach to the present crisis is not to just absorb oneself in any constructive program. This will not bring social welfare; it will not lead to a healthy AM mission. Secondly, protesting injustices by the group leaders without there being full bodied support of the mass of margiis and wts will not bring that badly needed change. Standing by oneself and tossing stones on the Purodha Board meeting or yelling at some groupist kingpin with a megaphone will not yield a positive result. Nor will things like taking silent action. The reasons are obvious.
In this current crisis in AM society, what is needed is greater and greater social consciousness. And by Baba's grace step by step that is coming. Altogether, we can say that the necessary social consciousness is two-fold: (1) Awareness of extreme groupism and that those leaders are presently stuck in that defective mentality; (2) Recognition that only Baba's teachings are the ideal solution.
The awareness about the huge degree of groupism is coming along. But some in AM think that they have to devise their own plan to solve the present crisis. And in their foolishness they are sitting at the drawing board for hours and hours with their little egoistic brain dreaming that they are outlining some grand-master plan to save the world. This is their silly method. And surely that is not going to work. Rather they will die in frustration and embarrassment. Such is the case for those who think that unity can be formed by merging the various groups. Instead of unity, they will just invite more groupist dogmas and strife. Only following Baba's teachings will bring the real answer. Baba directs us we are to understand His guidelines deeply, practice those things in our individual life, develop our sadhana more and more, and propagate His AM ideology. By this way we will see first-hand the manifestation of Ananda Marga mission. This, as we all know, is the type of social consciousness that is needed.
Our Sadguru Baba has graced us with all the solutions to all the problems and by His great compassion the day is soon to come this dusty earth will turn into one spiritual haven-- filled with bliss and good feeling for all. 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, Cinmay
Here again Baba give His warning that just directly plunging in 'the concrete work' without sufficient understanding and the cultivation of sadhana will not bring about social welfare-- rather it may cause terrible harm. Baba says, "It is absolutely meaningless for a person to attempt at any constructive work, in whom there is a flagrant lack of the thought of the Great. If one has not learnt to recognize, with sincerity and unsectarianism, the omnipresent, omniscient God as their sole objective, there is no denying the fact that they will eventually be compelled to recede behind the scene, after having dealt the severest damage to their own self and the society." (HS-1 ,'87, p. 51) Tragically today many such organisations like the Red Cross and all those 'Katrina-Aid' projects, and 'Tsunami Relief' programs, and rebuilding efforts in Iraq are just riddled with fraud, cheating, and theft. We should not let our AM fall into this lot as well.
By first raising greater and greater consciousness in our Marga, then in the due course all our plans and programs will be fruitful. This is Baba's guarantee. Baba says, "The Supreme Spirit within humanity, neglected for ages, has awakened today. This awakening will initiate a new chapter in human history. You will all be the pioneers of the new trend." (A'nanda Va'nii #1)
*************************************** Three Dangers
Baba says, "We may say that intoxicants have three distinct characteristics. Firstly, if one addict does not receive that intoxicant at their regular, fixed time during the day then they will become anxious and restless-- even agitated. In addition, when they do get it then their mind will not like to involve in any work. The second major point is that as long as one remains under the spell of that intoxicant, his intellect will be dysfunctional. And if one continues to take intoxicants on a regular, on-going basis, then their mental stupor will continue on and on. The third major danger is that intoxicants adversely affect the liver, throat, and kindney. And in the majority of cases, the user suffers from constipation also. In conclusion, all intoxicants are bad; opium and ganja (cannabis indica) extremely harmful." (SC-15) Note: As A'nanda Ma'rgiis, our duty is to propagate Baba's above teaching
and warn others about the harmful effects of intoxicants.

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