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Why Political & Filmy Heroes Are Famous...

Date: 19 Sep 2009 06:55:31 -0000 From: "Gurucharan Yadav" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Why Political & Filmy Heroes Are Famous... Baba "Saba're kari a'hva'n saba'i a'ma'r pra'n'..." (P.S. 2945) Purport: The clarion call to one and all. Everyone is my own; everyone is my pra'n'a; everyone is close to my heart. We are all collectively singing the song in unison and moving towards the Goal-- Parama Purus'a. Nobody should remain left behind. We should carefully see that nobody should cry in the society, remaining as downtrodden or as neglected one. We are all singing the marching song of life collectively, with one tune and one melody. There is no difference between one human being and another. Everyone's desires, hopes, and inspirations are the same. We are all moving on one path with the inspiration of the great ideology, which will lead towards greatness...
Namaskar, In our human society, there is no dearth of "celebrities". In politics, Hollywood / Bollywood, and sports etc, there are all kinds of heroes who are famous throughout the globe. They are thought of as being great - magnificent. They are revered all over and receive huge attention. People like: Britney Spears, the late Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Madonna, etc. And not just in the pop industry, rock star politicians like Sarkozy and Obama and top capitalists like Bill Gates fall in this category as well. Then of course there are others like the late Princess Diana. All the aforementioned stars are in the limelight and receive tremendous public adulation 24 / 7, irregardless of what they are doing. Yet hardly anyone knows of Baba and A'nanda Ma'rga. Taraka Brahma lived on this earth for nearly 70 years, and hardly anyone is aware of His arrival. Our esteemed acaryas and margii brothers and sisters are working tirelessly to uplift humanity yet they too are basically unknown to the general public. What is the reason behind this? Why are self-engrossed stars embraced by the general public whereas selfless, well-wishers of humanity are overlooked by society.
The operative factor at work here is the level of the public consciousness and the common psyche. People can only appreciate what they are able to understand. And understanding demands closeness. For instance, one can only speak fervently of the greatness of Parama Purusa if and only if one has come close to Him. Without coming mentally close, then one cannot recognise His grandeur. But to come mentally close one must be somewhat elevated - and at present the common public is low. This is not a criticism of society, just the fact. That is why we see people expressing unbridled adulation towards stars dominated by crude, animalistic propensities. Because when the general public themselves are enthralled with sex, money, alcohol and lowly desires then their heroes are going to be those (a) who either personify those tendencies (Madonna, Bill Gates, & Britney Spears etc) or (b) who present themselves as being slightly higher than the public mentality (Sarkozy, Obama etc). Those who more elevated will never be appreciated by the common people. That is Baba's explicit teaching (12 Dec '78) The entire situation can be likened to 4 of our acaryas going to the zoo. Then those animals are not going to revere those Wts because they are meditation teachers and performing all kinds of service and welfare activities for both humans and animals alike. Those animals - due to their lower mental standard - are totally unable to conceive of what those acaryas are. Hence they are not going to become excited when those acaryas arrive on site. Whereas when the zoo keeper comes with food then those animals will become quite enthralled. Or look at it this way: Simple village folk do not revere those who invented the micro-chip or the space rocket. Why? Because it demands a certain calibre of mind to recognise real greatness. Thus when the public mentality is relatively low - i.e. tamasik in this materialistic era - then the people whom they revere as being great are not really great. Just those famous people happen to appeal to the public standard. Alluring people onto the path of animality is relatively easy and one can become an instant celebrity overnight, whereas benevolently bringing people onto the path of divinity is difficult work and few will be interested.
All too often those people who bask in public recognition and fame hanker after such praise. In the case of politicians they say what the public wants to hear and in the case of pop stars they represent the glamor that the public also desires. Such so-called personalities drink up public adulation, seek of ways to garner more, and think of themselves as great. Here though, Baba clearly says that such famous people are not at all great. Baba says, "The person develops a lustful attachment for some external words of praise, and thus becomes a slave to those words and can never be a truly great person...They can never become great people. It is bad to be a slave to worldly words of praise." (AV-5) Indeed we see time and again how Hollywood heroes, sports stars and politicians simply dance to the tune of public approval. Everything they do is geared toward achieving more fame and notoriety. But this is nothing but their weakness of mind, not their greatness. Whereas the true well-wishers of society will always do what is right and never concern themselves with public opinion. Baba says, "Those people are great who harbour no biases and who behave rationally both with those who abuse them give them pain and with those who give them happiness. Such people don’t harbour any feelings of enmity towards anybody and take no-one as their enemy. They remain the same in pleasure or pain whether they have a positive reputation or negative reputation. They are unaffected and unassailed in all circumstances of praise or criticism, pain or pleasure. They attach no importance whatsoever to any of these things. They are meaningless for such people." (AV-5) Thus real greatness lies in living for a high ideal; it is not and indeed cannot be measured by public approval or fame. Rather Baba points out that what the common people deem to be great is not at all great. That is half the story. The other half is that the general society does not have the requisite quality of mind to see real greatness - even when it is standing right there in front of them. Baba says, 'The common people misunderstand great people who act on their behalf and for their welfare, or even if they understand them, they do not give them their support." (HS-2) Hence what the common people think to be great is not great and when greatness is right next to them then they are totally oblivious that it is there.
Knowing the formula then for achieving fame and social recognition, no one in AM should then get frustrated because the the public does not recognise or support us. Our duty is to please Baba and serve Him - living according to His mandates. 100,000 might attend a U2 concert or a sporting event, and only 3 people may show up to attend one of our talks on meditatio. Even then we should not be concerned and think that we have failed in some way. The fact that a few people attend our AM event is not indicative of our ability or quality, but rather reflects the interest and mindset of the people. We must always remember that the ideal and message of our Ananda Marga is far above the public standard. They are unable to recognise it for what it is. That is why so few attend our programs - there is no second or third explanation. Indeed it would be of concern if suddenly we were embraced by the public and written up in magazines and honoured etc. That would mean we had fallen from our ideal and had somehow gotten wrapped up in lesser activities. In this day and age, people only run after crude Hollywood movies, liquor, tall talkers, McDonald's and sensual pleasures - not the dharmic teachings of sadvipras or Mahasambhuti. Thus it would be of concern if we were suddenly part of that craze. The standard of AM is high - far above. The proof being that even though yoga has become so popular with the masses as tens of millions attend classes everyday, yet still that is not translating into huge numbers of new people in AM. If we get even a few new people who are serious about Baba and Ananda Marga then that is a lot. So we must not be concerned with numbers or popularity. That is not where our value lies. Our worth to society lies in upholding the tenets of AM. 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." (AFPS-5) We should always remember that life is not a popularity contest - a competition to garner the praise of others.
As Baba Himself has said on numerous occasions, we should not bend and sway according to public reaction. The public is generally low-minded and fickle. Again this is not meant as a snub against the common people. Just it is His liila that He has designed it that way. So we must always bear in mind that public acceptance and fame is not our aim and indeed Baba Himself placed little, if any, value on that. Baba says, "You see now that Ananda Marga’s fame is on the rise. What should we do? We must maintain our mental balance and remain indifferent to both praise and slander, to both joy and sorrow. A rich person once abused Lord Buddha. He remained unperturbed. By refusing to accept the abuse, he returned the slander. When I was in jail, I was subjected to a lot of calumny by some people and these very people now praise me. But I was indifferent to all their slander, and now I do not want their adulation." (AV-1) Always the public barometer is going up and down. Because the public standard is low and they become easily swayed in either direction. And the overarching idea is that the public can express appreciation only according to their own understanding. So when the public is low-minded we should not expect them to start singing our praises. Rather we should know ahead of time that they are going to worship the likes Britney Spears, Obama, and Tom Cruise etc. Then there is no chance we will become dejected, deluded, or frustrated - rather unaffected by public praise and censure we will move ahead in our dharmic works and devotional practices.
By Baba's grace He has blessed us with eyes to see. We should not care about public opinion and look only towards Him. Then we will keep a balanced mind and be ready to carry out His orders and dharmic teachings. Focusing on Him will lead us to greatness and the Goal. We are to serve and please Him. That will bring welfare to all. And while we may not get the respect and praise of the common people, in the due course everyone will pay heed to what we have done on this earth, by His grace. That is also His teaching. Baba says, 'You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers, the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit: “Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle.” This means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law." (12 Dec '78) Namaskar, Gurucharan
Just as the common people are unable to comprehend the greatness of Ananda Marga etc. It also has to be noted that we have a similar problem in AM. Many half-margiis or pseudo margiis cannot recognise the calibre of those who really do follow Sixteen Points. Such half-margiis complain, "Why are you so radical in your approach - you should be more moderate and not so strict in following Baba." Such half-margiis who complain like this are the same ones who watch pop movies etc. They were sleeping when margiis rights were stripped away and when Baba's books were being distorted and they tossed stones on true margiis who pointed out these wrongdoings. Finally such half-margiis try to turn AM into a pseudo-progressive organisation by advocating gay rights and other social issues that run contraty to the ideals of AM. All because they do not have the mind to understand Baba's teachings. So the phnomenon prevalent in the general society is also present in AMPS, to some or more degree.
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Baba says, "When undergoing any trouble then some human beings think that they are shelterless. But you should always remember that in this world at any given moment you are never shelterless. Because when Parama Purusa is with you then how can you be shelterless. So there is no reason for any feeling of helplessness or fear in any circumstances. Because when He is with you the strongest and mightiest force of this universe is with you. Then what is there to be afraid of? If you encourage fear complex it means you have the forgotten the fact that Parama Purusa is with you. So those who are sadhakas, those who are devotees, those who are adherents of the path of dharma, they will always be fearless. This is the quality of a sadhaka: That he is fearless. Why is he fearless? Because he knows that the most powerful entity, Parama Purusa, is with him. So there is a loving relation between devotees and Parama Purusa-- their relation is based on love. Because of this truth the devotee is never afraid. He will never be afraid of anyone and under no circumstances will he be perturbed. Becoming paranoid is not the sign of devotees. Parama Purusa always remains with you and HE always watches over His devotees. He is always seeing how He can save devotees from any and all difficulties. So when in this loving way Parama Purusa is concerned about you, then why will you be disturbed. You should be fearless. There is no reason for any sort of paranoia in the mind of devotees." [SS-16 (H), p. 83, DMC Agra 19 Feb 84]

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