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Forgive & Forget?

Date: 24 Jul 2009 07:17:29 -0000 From: "Satyanarayan Mishra" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Forgive & Forget? Baba "Tumi ele, a'lo a'nale, a'ndha'r du're sare gelo..." P.S. #1036 Purport: Baba, You have come and brought a showering of grace and divine effulgence along with You. By Your auspicious advent the thick fog of cimmerian darkness has been vanquished. And all the fear which I had has vanished in a flash-- by Your grace. Baba, You are so magnificent. With Your soft, sweet smile You have told me, 'Look towards Me and remember that I am the Fear of fear. By taking My name and ideating on Me, then fear itself gets terrified'. Baba, You also have said to me, 'By taking proper ideation look towards Me.' O' my Dearmost Baba, You have also lovingly told me: 'You must not forget that in this cosmic play the divine rule is not that there is only effulgence and no darkness. Or that there are only rose flowers and no thorns; or only high tidal waves of bliss and no stretches of sadness. This Divine play has both qualities, side by side-- darkness and light.' 'You should also always remember this divine truth: That I (BABA) am always along with you, all the time, in pleasure and pain. I love you-- you are mine and I am yours. Remove and throw away all the loneliness and inferiority complexes from your mind. I am ever-gracious on you.' Baba, You Yourself have blessed me like this. Baba You have come and showered Your causeless grace on me...
Namaskar, Now all around the globe people are gathering left and right to discuss the extreme nature of the problems in our AMPS. Even then we know that by Baba's grace and with the strong efforts of sincere margiis and acaryas alike, our Marga will get turned around and headed in the right direction. It will take a determined effort-- a right effort, keeping our gaze fixed on His divine teachings. However, amidst it all, some are still talking that we should just "forgive and forget-- so we can move on". How far this approach is proper or not we should all take a look. Because using the wrong "solution" to resolve our problems will not bring a pretty outcome.
Here following are some of Baba's famous teachings on forgiveness. Baba says, "Ks'ama', or forgiveness....What is forgiveness?...How should a virtuous person behave? If one is satisfied that the wrongdoer's habit has been rectified, one may pardon him. If someone is perpetrating atrocities on thousands of Ananda Margiis, however, one has no individual right to excuse the wrongdoer because that wrongdoer has harmed thousands of innocent people. But if a person commits atrocities on me alone, and if I am satisfied that his nature has been transformed, it would be proper for me as dharmika to show forgiveness. However, if his nature has not been rectified, my forgiveness may result in that person becoming even more of a reckless scoundrel and in such a case forgiveness would be considered as a sign of my weakness. This is the dharmik interpretation of ks'ama'." (AV-4) And here is another of Baba's mandates on the point of forgiveness. Baba says, "In collective life one has no right to forgive anyone...Forgiveness is something personal; it is not a collective matter. Suppose you are an inhabitant of India. If someone harms the collective life of India, you must not forgive them. Likewise, as you belong to the entire human race, you must not forgive anyone who harms humanity." (SS-10)
Thus in these above guidelines Baba is instructing us that: 1) There is no forgiveness in collective life. If someone has harmed the society no individual has the right to forgive them. 2) Forgiveness is limited to individual life only-- even then it must be done only under certain special conditions. That is only if the guilty party has fully rectified their wrongdoing. 3) Rectification is a pre-requisite for forgiveness. If the wrongdoer has not corrected their defective behavior then they cannot be forgiven. 4) Premature forgiveness results in further harm done to the society. These then are some of Baba's key points on forgiveness. So the whole sense is that forgiveness is one particular practice that can only be be done under very limited or special circumstances. It is not something that can be handed out freely or done indiscriminately. Rather doing so will undermine the whole scene and create more problems and lead to more injustices.
So when someone is claiming that we should "forgive and forget and start afresh" then we should apply our vivek. Because since 1990 countless misdeeds and unjust dealings have been committed by those very certain group leaders and not a single wrongdoing has been corrected: They have gone against Guru's system and sidelined margiis and taken away basic rights, margiis have been cast aside from running the organisation, the Bhukti Pradhan Manual has been altered, AM scripture has been distorted and the significant paragraph about margii rights has been deleted entirely. Like this countless wrongdoings have been committed yet not an ounce of rectification has been done-- nor has there been any admittance of such misdeeds. Yet day after day there have been so many opportunities to correct these things, but not one wrong has been undone. Nor has there been a peep about it from those responsible for doing that damage. Means those groupist kingpins who are at fault for taking away margii rights and those who are to blame for not reinstating those rights do not express any iota of repentance for their wrongdoing. Yet they want that we should revere an follow them. So that is just nonsense when all such crimes and injustices have been done by various group & sub-group leaders. About their identity everyone is already aware-- names need not be mentioned. The whole idea being that when someone is calling out that 'so and so number of groupist honchos should be given a blanket pardon and forgiven entirely', then we should be alert and stand firm to Guru's guidelines. Because Baba pointedly tells us not to forgive those who have harmed society and not to forgive those who have failed to rectify their behavior. Such wrongdoers must not be pardoned. This is Baba's teaching. So when there has been not any hint at rectification and when not an iota of repentance has been expressed, then in that case where is the scope for forgiveness. Rather under such conditions we should pay heed to Guru's stern warning.
Baba says, "Do not forgive till one's nature is reformed. Immediate forgiveness is a special weakness of mind. It results in worse harm to society." (CC, part 2, p.8) Hence Baba's key point is that there must be repentance and rectification from those sub-factional heads and group leaders. Without that forgiveness should not be done. One other thing to mark: When exploitative leaders commit injustices for years on end then their whole being becomes distorted: Their heart becomes hard and their skin becomes thick. In that situation, it becomes almost impossible to repent and rectify oneself. So we should beware, keep sharp eyes, and not get befooled. Because as we know, following and adhering to Baba's do's and don'ts on forgiveness is one mandatory point for building up a healthy, well-knit human society.
Here following is Baba's special grace and blessing. Baba says, "He will do what is necessary. You just go on observing Him, just go on doing His work and adhere to what He says with all your energy...Let that golden day come at the earliest and make your life effulgent." (SS-18, p.38) Namaskar, Satyanarayan Note 1: Sometimes innocent persons think we should "forgive and forget and start afresh". And by that way of overlooking wrongdoings, they are thinking that this will bring peace, harmony, & unity etc. But Baba's clear-cut guideline is that by not evaluating the situation properly and by offering forgiveness to those who are unrepentant and granting pardons arbitrarily when collective harm has been done, this is not the proper approach nor will it yield good results. Rather that will invite more negativity. Note 2: From the tearing down of the Bhukti Pradhan system, to victimising and expelling innocent margiis, to the distortion of Baba's teachings, across the board in all these realms huge damage has been done by a few self-serving group leaders like Sarvatmanandji, Rudranandji etc. Those who are hungry for power and post. And never do they show the least bit of repentance or remorse for their unjust and sinful actions. In that case how can they be pardoned. Anyway, let us have hope-- and keep sharp eyes also. Note 3: Here following is Baba's special paragraph about margii rights which those groupist forces have removed from the electronic edition of Baba's books and from so many printed versions. Baba says, "Ananda Marga does not discriminate between a family person and a sannyasi (renunciate). The place given to a family person in our Marga is greater than the place given to a sannyasi, based on the reason that the former is not dependent on anyone for his or her maintenance, while the sannyasi has to depend on others. A family person is like a strong tree which is self-supporting, while the sannyasi is like the vine which twines around the tree for its support. A family person therefore deserves more respect than a sannyasi, according to the trend of thought in Ananda Marga. This itself is a revolutionary idea. No philosopher or thinker, whether eastern or western, had ever dared to declare a family person as deserving more respect than a hermit or a sannyasi. It needed the courage of a revolutionary to say so." (PNS-11, p.7)
********************************************* Multiple Points of Interest
Baba says, "Large, ancient animals used to die at previously selected places. The wild elephants of today still follow this habit. At such places the bones of the animals became a hill which became deposits of calcium sulphate, calcium carbonate, etc. with the passage of time." Baba says, "Wherever cretaceous animals lived in groups, limestone will be found. In Assam, for example, lime stone and petroleum can be found. The fat of these huge animals petroleum and the bones became limestone." Baba says, "In Ra'r'h, in Jalda and Jaipur, limestone can also be found. Limestone is good for manufacturing cement and helps oranges grow well."
(Above quotes from 'Integrated Farming', Prout-16, p.38) *********************************************

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