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Do You Know About This Tiirtha?

From: "Rambabu Maurya" To: Subject: Do You Know About This Tiirtha? Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:02:09 +0530 Baba "Lukiye tumi ka'j kare ja'o pratya'sha' kichu rekhe..." (P.S. 2618) Purport: Baba, You are the Doer of all the work being done in this vast universe. Secretly You go on doing and executing everything. Nobody can see You-- but You are doing everything. And You do not harbour any desire to receive anything in return. Just You are deeply involved in managing all the work secretly, O' my Parama Purusa. And when You notice that somebody is searching You, then that time You move ahead in Your grand liila of hide and seek. Baba, You decorate the effulgence in darkness; and simultaneously You flood the cimmerian darkness with the showering of Your divine effulgence. Baba, You are the bridge between life and death; You are the crossing point. Yet all the while You Yourself remain hidden behind the scenes. Baba, You are the great hope of the hopeless hearts. In the end of the night You are the colourful dawn. Baba, You show the direction to those who have lost the path. And You spread Your divine love in all the ten directions. Baba, You go on doing all the work of this entire universe secretly-- never desiring anything in return. Just You continue playing hide & seek. Baba, Your liila is unfathomable...
Note: This letter is related with a recent program so read below to find out what happened Namaskar, In our Ananda Marga, we are not like the various dogmatic religions which rely on tiirthas or places of pilgrimage in order to reach their chosen deity. In AM, we know Baba resides in our heart. Baba says, "Parama Purus'a always remains with you, within the very core of your heart. So search within, O spiritual aspirant, not without, but within, within your very existence." (AV-12, p.41) In stark contrast, the Muslims trek to their holy city of Mecca to find their god; the Christians travel to Rome & elsewhere; and the Hindus take the trail to Varanasi. In all such cases, their chosen lord lives outside them - not within. They feel their god resides somewhere else and they impose the crutch of geo-sentiment (by creating a tiirtha) for the survival of their faith. By Baba's grace, in our Marga we feel that Parama Purusa resides directly in our heart. We need not go anywhere to find Him. Nor do we employ any such crutch - not geo-sentiment or anything else. Every Ananda Margii feels that Baba is with them all the 24hrs. It is purely an internal, devotional link. Unfortunately, a few group leaders who lost their dharmic vision started propagating their own tiirtha program using their transplanted dogma from the Hindu religion. So we should all take a look what is going on.
At the recent Jamalpur 2010 DMS, the so-called PP Dada (note: there is no official Purodha Pramukha now per Baba's system) began his main lecture with the following type of expression: "This is Jamalpur - Baba is here - people from all over the world will come here and get their final blessing - they will come and get virtue and moksa (salvation)..." "You are fortunate that you have come to Jamalpur - our holy land - those who come here will reach their Goal - this is where to get Baba's blessing." Such was the message from the so-called PP Dada. You can decide for yourself how far his speech is dharmic or not. Please read below to see what the margiis present thought.
Hearing such talk from a highly posted and senior Dada was quite shocking for many of the margiis. Because when one of our acarya talks then we assume his message will be in line with our AM teachings. But this was not - not even close. Many margiis simply laughed. They had traveled from distant places to get to Jamalpur and they felt that Baba was with them in their home, in their travels - always. They came to Jamalpur to attend DMS, not because they thought Jamalpur was the only place to get Baba's blessing. They get Baba's blessing always. So that is why some were smiling and laughing upon hearing Dadaji's silly talk. Other margiis were just plain sad by listening to Dadaji's words. They thought what a tragedy it is that our Wt cadre has reached such a low standard. In the past our acaryas were the foremost spiritual teachers on the planet and now because they forgot their sadhana those same acaryas have become like the dogmatic priests from the various religions. Whatever may be, none were deceived by Dada's talk. nobody thought that Baba resides in Jamalpur or that Jamalpur is a holy site for Ananda Margiis. All understood that Baba resides in the heart.
"Vrnda'vanam parityajya pa'damekam na gaccha'mi..." (PS 4425)
"I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees. That is the Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am eternally present along with the devotees." It is purely Baba's causeless grace that as Ananda Margiis we know that Baba resided in the heart. Failing that we would become like that followers of all the dogmatic religions who get exploited by their own priests.
Now the question comes, why did that Dada say like that. Why did he openly proclaim Jamalpur as a tiirtha and that this was the place to get Baba's blessing. Here is what those at the DMS concluded: 1) Dadaji spoke like that because he has left his sadhana and misplaced his devotional feeling. Without the requisite devotion and lack of meditative practices, then one will be prone to such dogmatic expression. 2) Dadaji spoke like that because he wanted to impose a geo-sentiment. By turning Jamalpur into the centerpiece of AM life, then Dadas in charge of Jamalpur will get prestige and donations from the many margiis visiting from afar. With that enhanced status then they can exploit the margiis even more. The priests in all the dogmatic religions profited greatly by making certain places into so-called holy lands. People gave them maximum money and garlanded them with huge respect. Geo-sentiment is the lowliest sentiment, according to Baba, but if one is able to dupe the masses in this way, then such a priest has created a great pedestal for a selfish agenda. That is Baba's warning. All in all, many were saying that this is what happens when narrow-minded people grab the power and forget to do their sadhana. Then to increase their power they resort to all kinds of dogma like tiirthas etc. Those are but some of the many reasons which margiis cited for why Dadaji spoke in that dogmatic manner about Jamalpur being a "holy land." And all agreed that this dogmatic tiirtha must be vigorously opposed. It should not be allowed to continue - not even for 1 more second. Here is how Baba describes the low mentality behind those who subscribe to the dogmatic theory of tiirthas and so-called holy lands. Baba says, "Some people say, 'Since I must die, I must die only in Benares (Kashii)'. How strange! All countries have been created by the Supreme Consciousness, so all countries are equal. The universal concept of dharma that God is all-pervasive-- this essence of dharma has been forgotten. Ultimately dharma has been reduced to a geo-sentiment centering around Benares." (NH-LOI, '87 Edn, p.23)
Ultimately, we know that Parama Purusa is omnipresent, omniscient, and all-powerful. Hence, to limit Him to a particular place or land is nothing but to diminish His greatness. So those who try to establish tiirtha sites to enhance their power or for any reason just end up revealing their limited outlook. Because instead of glorifying Him they are indulging in sin.
"Vya'pitvm ca...dine"
Baba says, "The Supreme Being is omnipresent, all-pervading and witness to everything, everywhere. It is not proper to confine Him to a particular place and say that he has eaten butter at this place or taken a dip in the Ganges at that particular place, thus limiting Him to a particular region or a particular country or the glorification of a particular sacred place, and thereby limit His all-pervasiveness" (AV-11, p.29) And that is what happened with that Dada who spoke like that at the Jamalpur DMS program - he indulged in sin.
When people fail to do more sadhana, as has apparently happened with this Dadaji, then Baba tells us that such a person is prone to dogmatic types of worship like the holy land dogma. That is Baba's explicit warning: If you do not do sadhana sincerely then you will fall prey to dogma and commit sin - period. Baba says, "People generally want to live without intense sadhana in the spiritual sphere and without much effort in the mundane sphere. When people seek to acquire fortune or attain salvation without proper effort, then they try to remove their sins by visiting the so-called holy places." (NSS) This is exactly what happened to that Dada and the organisers of the Jamalpur DMS. Baba's above teaching is the perfect narrative about their ways.
In this negative environment of dogma and staticity this following Ananda Vanii gives strong force of hope and inspiration that our future is bright. At the same time we must not sit and wait. We should vigorously oppose the creation of any so-called holy land in AM, whether it be in Jamlapur, Kolkata or anywhere else. Such a dogma has not place in our Ananda Marga. Baba says, "Human civilization now faces the final moment of a critical juncture. The dawn of a glorious new era is on its one side and the worn-out skeletons of the past on the other. People have to adopt either of these two. You are the spiritual soldiers, you are the worshipers of Life Divine, hence I call you to adorn this crimson dawn deluged with glorious light. Victory is surely yours." (Ananda Vanii) Note: In the above Vanii "skeletons of the past" means dogmatic rituals like tiirthas and so-called holy lands etc. Namaskar, Rambabu
As we all know, Baba himself has never placed much importance on any worldly land-- including Jamalpur. Baba says, "During the twelve years since 1966, I have not been to Jamalpur." (AV-7) Thus when He Himself does not highlight Jamalpur, then none should listen to the words of any Dada who claims that Jamalpur is the "holy land" for Ananda Margiis. IN AM there is no so-called holy land: Not Jamalpur, not Kolkata, not Fiesch, not Tiljala, not Bankipur Jail, not any physical location. He is everywhere and within all.
Here is one other interesting notion for us to consider. When someone is committing a wrong for the first time then they will be very nervous and scared. For example, when a thief is about to commit his first theft, then he will be shaking like a leaf. But after a while, while thieving he will drink, dance and sing, because he is not at all worried about his wrongdoing. That thief became habituated with his sinful acts. In the past, Dadas would only talk one-on-one about crude things like tiirthas. They knew it was wrong so they would be very careful and low-key in their dealing. But now, this Dada is going up to the podium at DMS and declaring in front of all the Jamalpur is a "holy land". Dadaji is shameless in his dealing. This shows how his mind has become totally habituated to that dogma. How sad it is.
It was Dada Vishvadevananda who spoke like this at the DMS. He was the one openly telling about the Jamalpur holy land dogma. Because groupists are more concerned with getting and holding onto power than learning AM ideology, they are susceptible to falling into sin. This happens with all the various parties: H, B, EC etc.
****************************************** To Do Great Work
Baba says, "The meaning of the 'Sam'gacchadhvam' Mantra should be realised in life. Always remain united. Solve all problems, big or small, with unity. Consider misfortune of one as the misfortune of all-- an injury to one as an injury to all." (CC-2, 'Society' chapter, point #34) Note: So long as Baba's above teaching is not put into practice, one cannot do great work. Devoid of this one's life will be as meaningful as the life of a termite or ant etc. In our practical life we should be strict in following Baba's teaching.

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