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Later On I Will Do...

From: "Praviira Matel" To: Subject: Later On I Will Do... Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:14:28 +0000 Baba "A'mi toma'r pathei cali go a'r tava sure ga'n ga'i..." (PS 1756) Purport: O' Baba, by Your grace I move only on Your path: I sing in Your tune and dance to Your rhythm. My whole existence is moving in Your divine flow-- ensconced in Your sweet bliss. Baba, O' my dearmost, You are the most attractive One. I think and ideate only on You and I meditate only on Your glory. Baba, 24hrs a day I am looking towards You; I want only You. Baba, only You are my Goal; only You are my Desideratum. Baba, You are the shining star of my life. Baba, by Your grace we are so close. We are tied up in a bond of love. Baba, You are the ray of hope & happiness in my life. Baba, I am like the dark evening of the rainy season-- my life is full of problems and difficulties; and You are like the soft night-queen flower (rajaniigandha' [1])-- You are the Personification of all that is sweet. Baba, by Your fragrant touch, my whole life becomes fragrant. Baba, by Your grace my life is saturated with Your heavenly aroma-- my existence is saturated with Your grace. Baba, I am jiiva and You are Shiva. I am wrought with imperfections and defects and You are blemishless and pure. Baba, I am like the winter sky that is enveloped by the fog. My life is filled with problems. Baba, You are like the crimson effulgence of the morning's new dawn. With the brilliance of Your presence all my problems disappear. Baba, You bring charm and bliss into my life. You make everything beautiful. Baba, without You my life is meaningless-- unbearable. Baba, by dyeing my mind in Your color, my whole existence rushes towards Your divine land-- towards You. Baba, because of Your grace-compassion, I am marching only towards You. Baba, You have done everything for me... NOTE FOR ABOVE PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1756: [1] Rajaniigandha': (Night Queen Flower) This is one of the most fragrant and aromatic flowers; it emanates a delicious, sweet smell all around for miles and miles. The wonderful scent of the rajaniigandha' makes any environment charming. For this reason in the above song the sadhaka is saying that Parama Purusa is like the rajaniigandha-- because He emanates unending sweetness all around. In contrast, the sadhaka compares himself to the suffocating, humid evening in the rainy season. Because that humid evening has so many negative characteristics such as heavy air and the onslaught of buzzing mosquitos and pestering insects. Thus the torturous humid evening represents the sadhaka's problem-filled life. But when the sweet aroma rajaniigandha' comes in contact with the sticky, humid evening, then everything becomes sweet and charming. Then that humid evening gets transformed into something wonderful. Similarly even though a sadhaka's life might be filled with countless problems and obstacles, but with the divine arrival of Parama Purusa, everything becomes charming and blissful. All of one's problems immediately disappear-- vanish, because of His sweet presence. That is why in the above song the sadhaka compares Baba with the rajaniigandha' flower.
Namaskar, It can sometimes happen in the life of a sadhaka that one thinks, 'although I do not have time for sadhana today, later on in the future I will have a lot of time for sadhana'. This type of mentality can develop in one's mind; even it is common.
I have one margii friend who was trying hard to arrange the marriage of his daughter. In that planning, day by day was going by, and all the while he was neglecting his spiritual duties-- he wasn't doing an ounce of sadhana. And whenever anyone raised the matter with him then he would immediately retort, 'When this is marriage is finalised then I will devote a maximum amount of time for sadhana'. This was his on-going justification. But in the end, when the marriage finally got arranged then immediately he became involved in arranging a place for the newly married couple to live etc etc -- and never did he have time to do sadhana. Just his life became filled with another type of mundane planning. On another occasion I was in the presence of one acarya, who for years and years was planning that when he will become old then he will do lots and lots of sadhana. So he spent nearly 10 or 12 years of his life planning to find a place to live later on so that when he gets older he will be able to do plenty of sadhana. But ultimately his plan did not come to fruition and in the end he only complained that he was unable to do sadhana because he could not concentrate his mind. Then in another situation, there was one margii neighbor who was working 24 hrs a day at his mundane job and side by side building sadhana platforms in his backyard-- planning that 'in the future when I retire then I will devote all my time to sadhana'. So at present he was neglecting his kiirtan and sadhana under the excuse that he had no time as he needed to work to make money in order to build the sadhana platforms etc. This was his on-going plan. But when all was said and done, after skipping his sadhana for so long finally he lost interest entirely in doing meditation. Never was his dream fulfilled, and he just filled his life instead with more mundane things. So like this in various ways and shapes people build glorious plans about how in future they will do a lot of sadhana-- yet neglect their practice in the present moment. But tragically the end of the story is never good for such type of planners. Step by step here are Baba's replies to those who plan in the future they will do so much sadhana.
Here below Baba responds to those who think that when they retire or when the kids grow old then I will do a lot of sadhana. Baba says, "Some people consider that one should start intuitional practice in old age when a person has more leisure, after one has spent the prime of one's life earning money. People are afraid that they may face insecurity and difficulties in their old age if they do not accumulate enough wealth before their bodies weaken with age, rendering them incapable of hard work. They regard the prime of life as the period intended for earning money, and old age with its decreased capacity for hard work as the time to remember God. They are labouring under the misconception that hard work is not necessary for intuitional practice and that old age is therefore the proper time for it. Whoever is born is bound to die and one is constantly approaching death, not knowing when it will come. It is never certain if one will live to grow old. Yet people reserve the most important work of practising sa´dhana´ for the time when the body has become completely enfeebled and the fatuous mind of old age has become entangled in the reactions of this life to such an extent that it is afraid of starting anything new. Ordinarily it is fear of one's approaching death that makes one think of God in old age. One's evil deeds begin to haunt one, and one starts praying and imploring God to save him or her from the consequences of one's deeds. There is no value in remembering God in old age, when it is not possible to concentrate the mind due to the weakness and disease of the body and its preoccupation with the reactions (sam´ska´ras) of the deeds of this life. The mind then is caught up in the infirmities of the body, in the diseases of old age, impending death, and most of all, in memories of past incidents, and it is impossible to concentrate it. For these reasons one is incapable of intuitional practice." (AMEP, chap 10) So in His above teaching Baba is guiding us that one cannot suddenly start doing a lot of sadhana in old age. Because at that point the mind has already been trained in a different way-- it is not accustomed to doing sadhana. Thus in later age doing sadhana is nothing but a far off dream. Plus in old age invariably people suffer from various physical ailments which prevent them from doing meditation.
Here below Baba exposes the futile plans of those who promise that in future I will do a lot of sadhana. Baba says, "Of all the different types of lethargy, spiritual lethargy is the worst. Spiritual lethargy means not to sit for meditation regularly. Those with spiritual lethargy have time for all other actions, but for spiritual practice there seems to be no time. They say, "It's already late today - I'll do a short meditation right now, and devote more time to sa'dhana' tomorrow." They sit attentively inside the cinema hall, but in dharma sa'dhana' they feel sleepy." (AMIWL-10) Baba says, "Every human being, from the age of fourteen or fifteen, has an innate desire to ideate on Parama Purus'a. With cosmic ideation one will attain vast expansion of mind, one will become great in all respects. No one can check the all-round growth of such a person. People realize this and yet ignore it and thus waste their time getting old for nothing. That is, they waste their time in non-spiritual pursuits. This is called 'spiritual lethargy'. It causes the greatest harm to human life because it results in only a very small percentage of the human potentiality - maybe one or two percent - being utilized by humans. Even those whom we call great personalities hardly use ten percent of their potentialities. Due to spiritual lethargy people are unable to grow, and thus remain very ordinary. They come to the world, live, decay and die as ordinary human beings." (AV-8) So such type of poor planning or laziness in sadhana ruins one's existence.
Here below Baba guides us that nothing in this world is permanent and that even our near and dear ones forget us when we leave this world. Hence while living on this earth we should pass our time in more and more sadhana-- since our link with Him will alone with us, forever and ever. Baba says, "When a person dies, what feelings will his mother and father, his brothers and sisters show? They will cry aloud, but after two or three days, normalcy will return. They will resume their normal mundane duties. And after a few days more or a few months they will forget the person. In societies where a widow's marriage is accepted by people, the widow will remarry...So you cannot say that any of your relatives is your bandhu. Nobody is your bandhu, or friend, in this respect...Jagat Bandhu is the only real Bandhu. Parama Purus'a is the only real bandhu. He loved you in the past; He will love you in the future. He alone is Bandhu. His name is Jagat Bandhu..." (AV-4) Baba says, "After your death your friends will carry you to the cremation ground. After being burnt, the body is rendered into ashes. Your friends will spray some water on the ashes of the funeral pyre, and then go back home. As long as they are in the cremation ground, they remember you. After that they forget you. But dharma remains with you even after your death, and what you did for dharma in this world is never forgotten. Therefore, in your worldly life, you are to strengthen the hands of dharma, and in the world, dharma will strengthen you." (AV-4)
By Baba's grace as Ananda Margiis we should be pointed in our daily sadhana practice lest all our time get wasted in other pursuits. So we should devote more and more energy to sadhana in this present moment. Baba says, "The worship of Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else you will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last drop of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life worthwhile through your sa'dhana' How much can your worldly friends and relations do for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask, "How much money has he left behind?" Your friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in flattering reminiscences about you. Your husband or wife may cry for you for about ten or twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your lot will be only a profound sigh - a record of the futility and frustration of your life. So do not waste your time lest you later have to repent." (SS-3) Namaskar, Praviira Note: If one maintains a strict sadhana & asana practice throughout their life then in late age also they will be able to carry on with their spiritual routine. But those who neglect their daily sadhana will never be able to taste that sweetness in their later years. That is the way it works according to Baba.
******************************************** The Place of Occult Powers in AM
Baba says, "In spiritual life as well as in ordinary life, if one retains simplicity it is helpful for the attainment of God; through this one's life and mind become filled with the effulgence of Parama Purusa. This is the supreme attainment. Spying out every nook and cranny of the eight occult powers is another name for stupidity." (SC-2, p.149) Note: Unfortunately in the general society people think that occult powers themselves are the essence of spirituality. Indeed, devoid of occult powers, such persons do not have any concept of spirituality. In AM however it is different; it is not like that. In our Marga devotion gets utmost importance.

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