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Baba's Special Sadhana Guideline

From: "Girish Chandra Mitra" To: Subject: Baba's Special Sadhana Guideline Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:22:36 +0530 Baba "Ba'ndhan chinr'e beriye elum kave keno ke ja'ne..." (PS 3526) Purport: Baba, by Your grace You have done everything. You have shattered all my bondages, brought me out of that magical net of maya, and lifted me up onto Your divine lap. Amazingly, You released me from the otherwise insurmountable grip of maya. Baba, it is impossible for me to understand exactly how You did it. But by Your grace, You have smashed all the bondages and brought me out. You graced me and attracted my entire mental flow towards You so I did not get pulled towards the magical allurement of avidya maya. Baba this is Your causeless grace on me. How it happened I do not know-- but now, by Your infinite compassion I am in Your eternal shelter. Baba, the moment You brought me under Your shelter and made me deeply attracted towards You, then from that very time You became my everything. After that no longer did I did pay heed to any obstacles-- or any crude worldly attraction. Instead by Your grace I moved swiftly towards You. By seeing this situation, some concluded that I was imbalanced, mad, and crazy. In their own way they tried to pull me back into their negative way of living. But by Your divine attraction I did not pay any heed to their call; nor did I get affected by the useless comments of those ignorant people. Baba, by Your grace now I am safe under Your shelter. Baba, by Your Supreme direction You have taught me what is important in this life. By Your fathomless grace, You changed my mind: by Your grace You have made me a member of Hari Pari Mandal*. You graced me and showed me how to offer my entire unit being at Your alter. In this magnificent display, You brought me under Your divine shelter and I got You. Baba, by Your grace, You made all those crude desires drift away from my mind and by Your grace now I am blissfully floating in the high tide of Your eternal form of divinity. Baba, each second of my life is like a divine oblation-- giving the flowers of my heart and mind. Each and every moment I am offering everything to You in the form of Guru Puja. Baba, by Your grace my whole existence surrenders at Your lotus feet... * Hari Pari Mandal= Literally means 'circle of devotees'. In the deeper sense it is that highly devotional state of mind where all one's longing and desires are racing towards His Supreme Self, towards Baba. When by His grace one has accepted Parama Purusa as the only Goal of their life then each and everything they do is done to please Him. In that blissful atmosphere, the bhakta is just closely revolving around His Cosmic Nucleus-- not at all distracted by anything else in this created universe. So when one is in that deeply devotional flow of Hari Pari Mandal by Baba's grace they are totally ensconced in Him and moving in His divine flow.
Namaskar, We all know that ours is the path of true realization and spiritual attainment. This is Baba's special grace on us. At the same Baba guides us that we have to do something-- nothing comes without effort. So Baba specifically tells us about overcoming any type of spiritual procrastination or laziness in the spiritual realm. On this point He has given us countless teachings-- plus His own golden example. And one of the main things Baba has done is be ideal model for leading a perfect spiritual life. And one key practice in all of this is outdoor sadhana. Because Baba Himself describes in numerous instances how it was His regular habit to practice dharma sadhana in the tranquility and solitude of nature. In the Jamalpur days, throughout His student life, and in other periods of His life outdoor sadhana was a regular, daily event. And the benefits of this practice are innumerable.
Often we may try to do sadhana in the house, but that often only invites distractions. Because there we are surrounded by books, family members, computers, phones, food, and numerous daily chores and responsibilities. So with all these types of pabula around us, then naturally the sensory organs get attracted to them. Whereas if those pubula are out of sight and beyond the scope of the senses, then those thing do not drag us down so much and our minds are much more free to do sadhana. So just by escaping out of the house is a big boon for our spiritual practices as this allows us to leave so many distractions behind. And Baba Himself guides us in this same direction. Baba says, "It cannot be denied that the noise of the bustling world is a hindrance to intuitional practice and makes solitude very desirable." (AMEP, '92, p.127) And if we think a moment, we can see how 'bustling world' does not only mean 'on the city streets' but also refers to 'living in our own home'. Because when we remain in the house then countless thoughts & mundane things come in the mind which pull us away from our sadhana. In that case it is difficult to do long peaceful, serene meditation. How many times does it happen that on the point of food alone, that we quickly & hastily conclude our sadhana as meal time approaches etc. And in this way days, months, and years pass by. But if we go outside in the natural environment, we have a much better opportunity to delve into our sadhana practices and do sustained sadhana. And if this becomes our regular practice then it can transform our entire spiritual existence. On this point it can also be said that we need not go so far from the house. Often times in short walking distance we can find a good place for sadhana. And by going just a little further we can find a top-notch place.
Yet if we just get routinized into always sacrificing our meditation and just doing short, interrupted sadhana-- constantly getting pulled away by mundane distractions, then this is not good. Because by this way the whole life will pass by. In which case it is not easy to concentrate in sadhana in old age if one did not do proper sadhana their whole life. Baba says, "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 the mind. For these reasons one is incapable of intuitional practice. (AMEP, '92, p.135)
Everyone knows that green bamboo bends easily and can be easily used to make many useful things; but old bamboo is just unbendable, hard, and stiff-- basically useless. Likewise a fresh, supple mind from regular sadhana practice can do many things; but a dry crusty mind devoid of sadhana is not good for much. Without proper sadhana the mind becomes dry & inflexible-- static.
Sadhana is important and outdoor sadhana has many benefits like: fresh air & oxygen, peaceful vibration, less distractions etc. That is why Baba recommends that this is one practice we should all try. Because ultimately sadhana awakens our dormant & latent qualities, and makes the ordinary person extraordinary. Baba says, "When a person attains an exalted state of spirituality, they can bring welfare to millions of people." (SS part 18, p. 14) Namaskar, Girish
We all know that Baba has made it compulsory for those doing avadhuta (kapalik) sadhana and microvita sadhana to do their practices under the open sky-- not in an enclosed room. This is the rule.
By being outside then so many positive microvita from the stars, planets, and distant galaxies can also help us in our sadhana. This fact Baba reveals in His microvita discourses.
The practices of Ananda Marga are human dharma and meant to be practiced by all. Thus Baba has not made it mandatory for everyone to do all their sadhana outside all the time. Because for particular reasons and in specific cases one might not be able to go outside for sadhana due to ill health etc. And the overall idea is that the rules should not be so tough and arduous that not everyone in society cannot follow. Rather AM is for all. So this is enough reason to think why Baba has not made outdoor meditation an absolute requirement-- always. At the same time going outside regularly for sadhana is highly beneficial.
Here Baba describes His own outdoor sadhana practice. Baba says, "I used to go for a walk nearly every day in the mountains east of Jamalpur. I used to sit on the second mountain. One after another, several small and large mountains run parallel to each other. The summit of the second mountain was the highest place among them. I used to arrive there in the middle of the afternoon and stay there until about eight at night." (SC-1, p. 93) Here Baba talks more about His experience of doing sadhana outside: Baba says, "I was sitting on the peak. It was the bright lunar fortnight...In front of me, that is to the west, on the slope of the mountain, was a dense ga'b forest...The mountain in front of me was completely bare...I was probably the only person for several miles, completely alone...the peak that I was seated on..." (SC-1, p.94)
****************************************** MAMMALS AND LOVE
Baba says, "There are fishes who carry something like a sack inside their bodies and they carry their children in those sacks. There are some snakes who also take their children with them. Not only have they inborn instinct, but they have something more, that is, they have love and affection for their children. This is also true of some species of snakes, but love and affection for their children is more prominent in mammals. Mammals are more developed than non-mammals because in the case of mammals mothers feed the children with their breast-milk and certainly they have got affection for their children -- that is why they do so." (YP '98, Edn, p.83) Note: Mothers of financially poorer countries keep their babies along with them and breast-feed their infants. But the case is different with so-called advanced mothers from around the globe-- especially in the so-called developed nations. In those so-called developed places, neither do those mothers want to breast-feed their infants nor do they want to keep their infants along with them. So in comparison to those animals we have to see how far the whole situation is working. Because those mammals and animals do love and care for their offspring; accordingly, then humans are more advanced so they should express more love. And mothers of poor countries do like that. But the strange thing is that mothers from the so-called advanced countries... With the scale of Baba's above teaching, we have to judge whether such mothers are really developed or moving in the opposite direction.

News: Loot & Booty Sharing

Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 12:01:06 +0530 To: From: Subject: News: Loot & Booty Sharing Baba "Bandhu a'ma'r, nikat' a'ma'r, a'mi kii ga'ibo toma'r ga'n..." (P.S. 525) Purport: O' my Bandhu, O' my dearmost, You are my very close and intimate One. What song should I sing to please You. You know about my deep longing for You. O' Baba, You are my Love, You are the personification of hope, saturated in sweetness. You are my heart of hearts-- and my everything. Baba, since that very first day when You blessed me by bringing me in Your closeness under Your care since then by Your grace I have understood that You are my shelter; You are doing everything for me. Also since that very day, with Your divine touch, You have blessed me with a new life, O' my Bandhu and most intimate one. By Your causeless grace, my way of living has been transformed from a worldly existence into life divine. Since then everything has become blissful. O' my Lord, on that most blessed day You graciously caressed me with Your soft lotus hand. In that atmosphere of the blissful early morning dawn, the lotus flowers were blossoming in the pond and spreading their sweet aroma all around. Then by Your infinite grace You pulled me very close to You and graciously placed me on Your Lap and loved me; and by placing Your hand on top of my head, You bathed me with Your divine effulgence. You granted me everything. What You have done is unparalleled. Baba, You are love personified; You are my most dear; You are my everything...
Namaskar, Our AM schools and services projects are founded for the welfare of society and to spread the divine gospel of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii. This we all know. To see any such project get misused or hijacked by selfish or group interest is a direct front against Guru. Thus Ananda Margiis across the globe should take direct and active interest in the awful financial scandal that has taken place at our AM Polytechnic College (Malur, Karnataka). At present, as we speak, the groups involved are trying to keep everything under the covers so they can continue to loot and keep their booty. For the first time, the entire story is told here within this letter. Please read carefully and act according.
All may know that we have our Ananda Marga Polytechnic College (Diploma in Engineering) in Malur, near Bengalore, Karnataka. Students get admission in this college on the basis of big capitation fees (donation in lakhs of rupees), and large monthly tuition fees. In this way this institution generates a huge amount of money, more than one million US dollars per year. That's why all groups have their greedy eyes on this college.
When the Kolkata administration divided AMPS, then they could not capture this institution because all the margiis and the entire staff at the college were against Kolkata. The Rudrananda camp had full control over the college. It should be noted that Parmehsvara'nanda and Vandana'nanda were also hardcore cadre of H group those days. But times change. When the EC group emerged under the leadership of Parmeshvara'nanda and Vandana'nanda, then the situation at this college, also changed. The in-charge of the Polytechnic College was Animesha'nanda, who is originally from Chattisgarah but he has only minimal Chattisgarhii sentiment. He changed his loyalty to Vandana'nanda + Parmeshvara'nanda. Plus margiis of those areas under the leadership of S.S. Goenka also became supporters of this group.
Because of this groupism one big tussle started in the college. The college staff divided into two groups. (#1) One group was of Animesha'nadna + Citshiva'nanda (who went there to give muscle support to Animesha'nanda) and some staffs of the college teaching section, who were supporter of EC. (#2) Other group emerged in the leadership of Arun (from Gaya, Bihar) the hostel in-charge who has been living in the college for years. He has group ties with Vishvanath (from Bihar, he lives there to save the college from outside criminals), Ravi (from Gaya), Pankaj (teaching staff from Varanasi, relative of Ravii) and other staffs of the hostel.
After some days of tussle, finally both groups captured certain areas of the college and shifted there accordingly. The teaching department of the college came under the control of Animesha'nanda. He receives tuition fees from the students, pays the teaching staff and other college staff, and "manages" the money he gets from tuition fees and capitation fees. The other group captured the hostel. In turn, they collect hostel charges from the students, and basically deal with all monies related with the hostel and living accommodations & services etc. Animesha'nanda never had control over the hostel.
For the last 4 years, both of these two groups have been looting the money they were getting, i.e. embezzlement. They've been stuffing their pockets and personal bank accounts with the monies collected when in fact those funds are the rightful property of the AM Polytechnic College, not those greedy groupists. In short, because there was no proper administration, there has been a huge money scandal unfolding at the college. Still it is going on. Animesha'nanda, who gets millions as capitation fees and tuition fees, pays huge shares to his dons like Parmeshvara'nanda and Vandana'nanda, and also to what some margiis call the "hi profile margiis" in the name of margii meetings. In return, all Animesha'nanda does is arrange one sadhana' shivir per year -- that's all, nothing more. Thus, he personally pockets huge piles of money and tuition / capitation fees every year. This literally then is a case of millions of dollars of embezzlement that he steals from our AM Polytechnic College. The other group embezzles a sizable amount from the hostel and they were also happy with that huge amount they were saving per month. Arun is all in all of the hostel. He has been living with his family there since years. Here everyone should be clear that all money (after expenditure of hostel) was being distributed to the members of group. Money was not used for the development of college or organization. Thus, both the parities involved are cheating the AM Polytechnic college by grabbing hoards of monies for their personal and groupist desires.
Since years there has been a cold war at the college. Both groups have had their greedy eyes and insatiable appetites on each others holdings and money. Animesha'nanda and his goon Citshiva'nanda were always trying to capture the hostel while the other group was always trying to capture the teaching side of the college. Because of this fight, there has not been a proper teaching or learning environment at the college. Instead, our AM Polytechnic College has been transformed into a place of cheap sentiments, politics, crookedness, groupism and money looting.
Finally, Citshiva'nanda has started taking the hostel fees from the Chattisgarhi students. In reply the other group started taking tuition fees from the students of Bihar, Jharkhanda and UP. Then Citshiva'nanda organized Chattisgarhi students living in hostel against the hostel in-charge and his group. With the help of these students and local hired goondas, Citshiva'nanda tried to capture the hostel. Then the other group replied in the same manner. Hostel staffs, Vishvanath, Ravi and students from Bihar, Jharkhanda, UP attacked on Chattisgarhi group. After a physical fight (lathis, hockeysticks, knives, local made guns were shown) Citshiva'nanda had to leave the college. In the end, the police also came to the college to manage the unruly scene.
The hostel group then called Ranchi administration for help and the Rudrananda camp who has been keeping a greedy eye on the money, did not delay a moment. Svarupa'nanda and Dharmapra'n'a'nanda (Chennai DS) went to the college. They stayed at the college to establish a presence and control the college. The Rudrananda camp has declared Dharmapra'n'a'nanda as in-charge of the college. So Dharmapra'n'a'nanda and Ranchi supporter hero Sushil from Katihar are at the college. Nigama'nanda from Ranchi and Parmeshvara'nanda from Patna have reached Bengalore. They are involved in arm-wrestling match with each other at the bargaining table. Now situation is very tense.
Now we have to investigate why - despite all these antics and commotion - both camps are keeping quiet about all this. Because we have to remember that whenever any member of the Rudrananda camp / H group enters even a small ashram operated by EC or intrudes on any small and useless issue, then the EC personnel colour the whole internet and make it a big issue. All their e-mailers become active. They become totally vocal. So it is very surprising that on this big issue about the AM Polytechnic College, where Rudrananda camp is storming and capturing the college and where a nasty physical fight has occurred, the entire EC team is keeping mum. Why? They are not telling a single word. Why? Animesha'nanda is telling that he will solve the problems and he does not need help of any margii. Why? Is it not a point of intrigue? When H group kicked out Parmehsvara'nanda and Vandana'nanda and others then EC went to all margiis and begged for help and still they are crying for help. But in the case of this Malur Polytechnic College issue, why is it that they do not want margiis to interfere? Why is the EC leadership of Parmeshvara'nanda going to sit with Nigma'nanda directly to solve the problem? Is it not strange and out of character? The answer of all these question is: To keep all the money they have looted and keep the scandal secret. For this single reason, neither group wants to highlight the situation. If margiis are alerted and come forward and look into the matter then all will know that for the last many years millions of dollars money have been looted and embezzled from our AM Polytechnic College by these very groupists. EC does not want to to reveal this multi-million dollar scandal and the Rudrananda camp wants either full control of the college or a maximum share in the looted amount. Hence both group leaders are in contact to solve this problem secretly on a give-and-take basis at the bargaining table. They prefer to make a black pact and keep their millions as opposed to letting the margiis know what hell has happened. That's why Animesha'nadna is telling margiis not to come forward and EC supporters & e-mailers are keeping mum.
When our AM Polytechnic College is being ravaged by groupists and when all the projects of AM are meant to be in the service of Gurudev and humanity - not in the hands of greedy groups - then we should be alert, ready to take action and apply pressure. In that case it is the duty of all Ananda Margiis to unitedly rise up and correct the situation. This much we owe our Beloved Baba. We must not sit idle thinking others will do. It is our personal responsibility to stand up and act. As margiis we should not wait for an invitation from any group. Responsible margiis, those who are not puppets of any group, should come forward and critically look into the matter. The account books should be audited by independent auditors and the ongoing looting and money scandal should be stopped. All monies earned by the Polytechnic College in Malur should be used for the development of the college, not sucked up by groupist tycoons for their personal gain.
Now that the news is out, we should be swift to take action. Sitting idle amounts to sin according to Baba - a sin of omission. Baba says, "Those who shirk duties and responsibilities do commit a great harm to society. It is this lack of dutifulness in our country [India] today that has caused great retardation in different spheres of life. It has also caused spiritual degeneration. One should perform good actions regularly, should do sa'dhana' properly – these are the dos which everyone is expected to perform. Those who do not pay heed to these responsibilities do indulge in pratyava'ya. Pa'taka is the collective name of pa'pa and pratyava'ya." (AV-23) Thus we should not remain still a moment longer while such groupists pillage and destroy our Polytechnic College in Malur.
By Baba's grace He has empowered us with the ability to take action and change the course of events - turning bad situations into positive ones. In this way, we must rally round and save our Polytechnic College from the clutches of these groupist forces. Baba says, "The very import of the history of human welfare is the history of struggle and strife. Even the sweet gospels of peace could not be preached in an environment of peace and composure. Devils did not allow the apostle of peace to work peacefully – that is why I say that peace is the outcome of fight." "This endeavour at the well-being of the human race concerns everyone – it is yours, mine and ours. We may afford to ignore our rights, but we must not forget our responsibilities. Forgetting the responsibility implies the humiliation of the human race..." (A'nanda Va'nii #45) Namaskar, Manjit
**************************************** Dangerous Yoga
Baba says, "Suppose, one is a great Yogii but if there is no love for his goal, then those suspended propensities will finally be converted into crude matter. That is, the subtle human existence becomes like iron; it becomes like wood; it becomes like sand. What a deterioration! What a downfall! This particular type of yoga where a yogii does not bear love for the Supreme Entity is called 'Hatha Yoga' in Samskrta. It is dangerous for human elevation." (AV-2, p.18) Note: Nowadays, especially in European countries, in the name of teaching yoga certain pseudo-yoga-businessmen are busy selling their useless and dirty things to the common public by opening various yoga and meditation centres. But in those places citing the God's name is untouchable. And not only that but they teach all kinds of fake lessons such as misguided pranayama and self-invented asanas etc. But when the Goal is not Parama Purusa then that ultimately brings terrible degeneration. Neither is the unassuming public aware nor are these culprits aware what hell they are bringing upon innocent people. It is our duty as far as possible to warn everyone for their welfare.

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