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Re: Circumcision & Herd Psychology

From: "Will Chaucey" To: Subject: Re: Circumcision & Herd Psychology Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:19:17 Baba
Namaskar, This is in follow-up to the earlier letter as some still seem to have questions and confusion about this. Here we are going to discuss two points: How and why circumcision was adopted by the Semitic religions and the mistranslation regarding circumcision and Caryacarya. This is a short letter - all should write in with their thoughts and queries.
Circumcision began in the Semitic religions and then spread around the world. And here is why those religions adopted circumcision. The Semitic religions basically took birth in the desert of the Middle East where it was dry, sandy, and drought-prone. What was a scarcity. In that case having extra water to clean the genital organ and the area beneath the foreskin was a luxury that they did not have. Extra water was not readily available. So for hygienic purposes they cur the foreskin. Actually in beginning, circumcision was performed on males and females and but because female was very serious and there was a lot of bleeding,that is why it was stopped in most places. But the male circumcisions continued and spread around the globe. Here the point is that all the religions developed their own rituals based on their own local conditions and climate. Their rules and regulations are not grounded in logic and rationality, but rather convenience. Those Semitic religions - being from desert regions - took to burying dead bodies because they had lots of open space and suffered from a shortage of wood so burning the bodies was not always possible. In AM though we should follow Baba's teachings, not the customs of the dogmatic religions, because AM teachings are founded in rationality, not convenience.
Now let's come to the point of how circumcision got placed in Caryacarya. When Baba first delivered His guidelines of Sixteen Points in Patna just prior to the jail period, then Baba has simply told all margiis to pull the foreskin back. No further option has given and the Hindi and Bengali books of Caryacarya reflect His golden guideline. Meaning: Pulling the foreskin back is the sole teaching of point #2 of Sixteen points. In those original Caryacarya books there is no mention of the word circumcision. Only when certain later English editions of Caryacarya got printed did the word "circumcision" appear on the scene. Thus, when preparing the book for overseas sales, it seems those editors in short-sighted way made the so-called link that being circumcised fulfills the guideline of "keeping the foreskin pulled back". Yet in actuality, the circumcision term has nothing to do with Baba's expressed guideline. We can say were two basic reasons why the circumcision term got inserted into Caryacarya under point #2 of Sixteen Points 1. The translation was wrong - period - as there is no mention of circumcision in Baba's original talks and listing of Sixteen Points. 2. The editors sympathized with ongoing Semitic dogma so readers / overseas margiis would not get reacted. This was all due to the mental weakness and miscalculation of the translator. The historical backdrop of course was that this was during the jail period and everyone was busy and under others pressure. In that hectic environment, this dogma of circumcision was infused and accepted. It was just in their naive way of dealing, on their own those editors actually gave circumcision as an option and printed that word in the English version of Caryacarya-- when in fact this is not Baba's guideline. And this word 'circumcision' never ever got included in the Hindi or Bengali editions of Caryacarya. Baba has never included it. And to this very day you will not find it in those editions of Caryacarya. Those interested should read the original.
Here we should remember that we are Ananda Margiis and our only way is to follow Baba's teachings, not the wayward dealing of the various religions whether it be casteism of Hinduism or circumcision of the Semitic religions. We should not follow the masses in either of these directions - nor in any other ritualistic tradition. With our pointed intellect we are to understand AM teachings and follow that - thus we should all be critically aware that circumcision is not part of our AM way of life. Namaskar, Vinay
(A) Read here for more critical facts on the dogma of circumcision. (B) Read here to find out why it is faulty to think circumcision helps prevent AIDS. (C) These two letters address the original aspects of Sixteen Points and why circumcision is not in accordance with Baba's teachings. (D) This letter contains key points from Senior Acary Diary:

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