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The Dogma Threatening Longevity of AM

Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:38:22 -0500 From: John Kanter Subject: The Dogma Threatening Longevity of AM To: Baba "A'lor pathe je eseche a'ndha're se hoy na' ha'ra'..." (P.S. 996) Purport: Baba, those who are treading the divine path never get lost in the oblivion of darkness and staticity. Those who are smiling sweetly, their life can never be like hell-- surrounded by the agony of suffering and crying. Baba, here along with me, You are and I am. And Your love has bound me. In result I have lost everything else. Those who have ascended onto the path of hope and optimism never get lost in hopelessness and pessimism. Baba, You have come with a sweet smile while riding Your chariot of panoramic colors. By getting You, the whole universe is purified; everyone's existence has become successful...
Namaskar, There have been so many societies that have come on this earth and all wanted to survive-- nay they all wanted to thrive. But the reality is that, at some point in time, nearly each and every civilisation meets its demise and falls into oblivion. Such civilisations of the past included the Mayan, Incas, Roman, Confucian, Greeks, Aztecs, Egyptian, Licchaviis, Vikings, Phoenicians-- and the list goes on and on. Similarly, the societies currently active on this globe also have their inherent flaws and weak links; they will not last long-- let alone forever.
By His grace Baba has provided us with the key tenets that ensure the survival of any society. This He has done with the elaboration of the six spokes of the social cycle, or s'ad'ara'h sama'ja cakra. And by His grace these six are all present in the of our AM family-- so long as we adhere to His guiding principles. Baba clearly also points out how the existence of today's dogmatic Mahaprayan function severely violates these tenets, as it goes against the point of 'Preceptor'. In that case who can support such a groupist agenda like Mahaprayan-- which spells disaster for our Marga. Thus so long as we adhere to our AM dharma, and reject the infusion of any dogma like Mahaprayan, then our Ananda Marga will guide the society up through the ages. Regarding this, there is not an iota of doubt. Baba says, "A'nanda Ma'rga is that path of progress, and that is why A'nanda Ma'rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization." (TK-1) We will also examine how and why today's so-called leading civilizations will succumb due to their defective ways.
Before advancing any further, we should first identify what the six spokes are that ensure the preservation and prosperity of any society. Baba says, "The six factors which guide society, which make it vibrate in bliss and dance in bliss when its different entities realize the fullness of existence in every fibre of their existence, are the s'ad'ara'h sama'ja cakra [six spokes of the social cycle]. The six are: spiritual practice, spiritual ideology, social outlook, socio-economic theory, scripture and preceptor." (NKS, Disc: 26) For any society to sustain itself, these six factors must be proper. And Baba has placed all six in our AM society, including that of Preceptor; thus we should not let any dogma like Mahaprayan-- which declares that the Preceptor (Baba) is gone-- ruin our AM civilisation. Here the point is that when any of the six points becomes weak then it slowly, slowly causes the disintegration of that society like a cancer. It has happened in the past and it will happen in the future-- if one is not careful.
Here then also is a quick look around the world to see how today's so-called leading civilisations are prone to fall as they lack one or more of the needed six spokes of society. (A) Among its many demerits, US capitalism severely lacks a spiritual ideology. Goaded by its grossly materialistic outlook-- which breeds slogans like 'Whoever dies with the most toys wins'-- is the Achilles heel of American society. While US capitalism may be weak in other areas as well, clearly the most threatening gap is that of not having a spiritual ideology. In that case unhealthy competition, psychic diseases, misplaced values, and the like are sure to destroy the society. (B) Arguably the weakest link of Christianity is that it is devoid of a proper spiritual cult-- spiritual practice. They have their supposed preceptor, and they have the glimpses of a social outlook etc, but the most glaring weakness of Christianity is that they have no spiritual practice-- just it is based 100% on dogma and baseless rituals. For this reason, Christianity is sure to meet its end. (C) Back in the old days of India, the society built up by Shankaracarya could not last due to the fact that he ignored the world-- he failed to even remotely develop any socio-economic theory by which people could live on this earth. Devoid of that, Shankaracaryas theory of mayavada (illusion theory) could not stand the test of time. (D) The Muslims have a strong social outlook and that is why they were able to take over and dominate many of the other lands and religions in the Middle East. Baba says, "Hazrat Mohammed offered a new way of life to the ignorant and oppressed who were swirling endlessly round and round in the muddy whirlpool of superstition. He clearly declared that all the people of the world belonged to one caste." (HS-2) At the same time such Muslims lack a proper spiritual ideology and their is sure to meet its end. Actually, on various occasions Baba has told that Islam will meet a bloody death due to extreme infighting etc. (E) When the Muslims arrived in India, even though they ruled for 500 years, they could not wipe out the existing Indian civilisation, because those Hindus had strong faith in their Preceptors, Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna. So the fact that those Hindus have strong faith in their Preceptor they were able to maintain. They never feel that Lord Krsna or Lord Shiva has died. They never even think to observe the so-called Mahaprayan of their Preceptor. For that reason Hinduism could survive. (F) Even then there is not any single society currently on this earth that is perfect in all six components or all six spokes of the social cycle. In that case no civilisation-- except our Ananda Marga-- can last over the course of time.
Because for beginning to end our Marga is firmly grounded in all the six spokes of society: (1) spiritual practice, (2) spiritual ideology, (3) social outlook, (4) socio-economic theory, (5) scripture, and (6) preceptor. (1) here below Baba clearly declares that we have a proper spiritual cult or spiritual practice. Baba says, "The practice of Ananda Marga has been formulated to enable spiritual aspirants to search for the Supreme within their minds." (SS-12) (2) Here Baba clearly states that we have an proper spiritual ideology. Baba says, "How can human hunger be satisfied in the subtlest realm? For this Ananda Marga philosophy is there...Our ideology is a happy blending of rationality and spirituality." (PNS-17) (3) Here below Baba clearly tells that we have a proper social outlook. Baba says, "Ananda Marga is therefore not merely an organization of idealists or moralists who preach a classless society, but a method, a system or a dharma which leads to a classless society." (PNS-11) Baba says, "Ananda Marga has formulated a social treatise for the establishment of a congenial social structure." (TK-2, 'Our Social Treatise') (4) Here below Baba clearly guides us that we have a proper socio-economic theory. Baba says, "PROUT is the path of socio-economic emancipation for humanity." (PNS-17) (5) Here below Baba states that we have a proper scripture or shastra. Baba says, "The books in Ananda Marga philosophy are all absolute knowledge." (AMPH-4) (6) And by Baba's grace we have true Preceptor. Baba says "Ta'raka Brahma is quite a different Entity, a unique Entity, for He is spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, kaola and Maha'kaola all in one." (NKS, Disc: 7) So in Ananda Marga, all the six spokes are perfectly met.
And Baba verily states that He-- as the Guru, as the Preceptor-- is an eternal Entity who will guide us through the ages. Baba says, "The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya' (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamu'rtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty." (CC-2) Unfortunately, those dogmatic groupists who espouse the crude theory of Mahaprayan go against Baba's divine mandate by declaring Baba is gone. For that is the meaning of Mahaprayan-- Guru is no more. Yet that seriously threatens our very existence. That is why even the ritualistic Hindus never ever practice the Mahaprayan of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna-- because they know well that this would spell the end of their religion, of their civilisation. But those groupists who advocate Mahaprayan do not have this much sense. Utterly blinded by their groupist and geo-sentiments, they plainly tell that Baba is gone forever with the declaration of their dogmatic Mahaprayan program. In so doing, such groupists are trying to yank one of the integral six spokes out of our AM society-- all because it satisfies their groupist fancy. But by taking away our Preceptor-- by declaring that Baba is gone with their dogmatic Mahaprayan program-- they are undermining the very essence of Ananda Marga and threatening its survival. But they will not get success. Because there are a large number of devotional and rational minded margiis and acaryas in AM who will never ever accept the dogma of Mahaprayan in their heart. That is why it is sure that our AM will last forever; and that is why the dogma of Mahaprayan is short-lived. It started in 1990 and has been waning ever since and soon it will be gone entirely. Because it goes against the dharma of Ananda Marga.
By Baba's grace, all the six spokes are alive and well in our AM and that is why our Marga will lead the humanity up to eternity. Our Marga will live on and on... Baba says, "There is no power in the universe, in the heaven or in the underworld, which can annihilate Ananda Marga, because Ananda Marga is established on the solid foundation of rationality and righteousness." (AFPS-4) Baba says, "A'nanda Ma'rga is that path of progress, and that is why A'nanda Ma'rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization." (TK-1) Namaskar, Jitendra
Here below Baba points out how societies like Buddhism and Jainism also could not last as they severely lack a proper social outlook, a proper society economic theory-- nor could they give a proper spiritual ideology etc. Baba says, "Why have Buddhism and Jainism not stood the test of time? Both these religions suffer from two main defects which have undermined their popularity. Gaotam Buddha failed to propound any clear idea about God and the ultimate goal of human life, and he did not try to build a human society based on his teachings. Mahaviira Jain, first of all, gave too much stress to nirgrantha vada or going about naked. Primitive people did not wear clothes, but they began to cover their bodies due to changing climatic conditions. After they grew accustomed to covering their bodies, they began to feel ashamed if they went about without clothes. Hence, Mahaviira’s philosophy of nirgrantha vada never gained mass support. Secondly, he placed too much emphasis on forgiveness and mercy. He taught people to forgive their worst enemies, even if they were as deadly as scorpions and snakes. As a result of this teaching, people lost the will to fight against the enemies of society. So, although the teachings of Buddha and Mahaviira Jain were not based on dogma and did not deliberately mislead people, they failed in the course of time because they were not sufficiently comprehensive and well-balanced." (PNS-16, 'Religious Dogma')
*************************************** Think on This
Baba says, "You are social beings. One cannot live in isolation. When you feel thirsty, you can't manufacture a spade, dig a well, and draw water yourself. One person will make a spade, another will add the wooden handle, and another will dig the well -- this is how we work collectively. This is the way for human beings to live. In all spheres of human existence, in the aesthetic sphere as well, humanity should live collectively. You should live in unison. You should vibrate together to the same music. You should move in a common psychic flow. You should fight collectively against your common enemies. Unitedly you should face all problems, mundane and supra-mundane. In a word, you must reflect the spirit of harmonious collective living in conformity with the spirit of the Vedic mantra Sam'gacchadhvam' sam'vadadhvam." (5 April 1981) Note: This above Baba's teaching is the special guideline for arousing social conscious-- which is lacking these days in the society. It is commonly known that some margiis and wts have gone far off from this above Baba's teaching.

Story: King of Lucknow Killin' Time

From: "Jorge Santana" To: Subject: Story: King of Lucknow Killin' Time Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:21:45 +0100 BABA "An'ur vyatha', etadine bujhale priyo, anuma'ne..." (P.S. 4593) Purport: Baba, O' my Dearest, now by Your guessing You have understood the feeling of this unit being. How You do not have time to come close to me; rather, You remain sitting on the divine throne of Your devotees. On that throne which is studded with jewels. So You do not have time to look towards this little being. People are demanding me that, 'Why do you go on crying and why do you call that divine Entity who will not come and who will never pay heed to your calling'. People also told, 'Don't you know, His heart is very hard like a stone. He does not care. He knows all the scriptures all the shlokas all the mantras and bhajans, there is no need to tell anything to Him. He will not pay heed'. In spite of peoples' suggestions, I never get frustrated or hopeless. Because by Your grace I know that I must get You. I know for certain that at some point in this life of mine, up to my death even-- I know that You will come to me. O' Baba, I am hopeful that You will grace me and that You will come in the lotus of my heart and that You will make my life successful...
Namaskar, We all know that we have come on this earth for very short period. And that in that short period there are many things to be done. Indeed there are many great works to do. All margiis are aware about this fact. Yet in various conversations sometimes you can hear people saying that to 'kill the time' and to cure their boredom they search millions of miles of web pages-- just to pass the time. This is one type of person. Some margiis may or may not come in this category. Then there is a second type of person that thinks that actually what they are doing is very important when really in their heart of hearts they secretly know that they are just wasting away their time. But to justify their actions they convince themselves that what they are doing is really important. For example there are some who watch junk TV shows for their crude enjoyment but they convince themselves that 'they are watching this junkie TV show to learn about the collective mind-set of society so that they can establish Prout'. This type of hypocrisy you may have seen now and again. In any event in both the above cases time is not being properly utilised-- though for obvious reasons the second case is worse than the first as that wastage of time is interwined with self-deception and hypocrisy. About maximizing our use of time we should refer to Baba's poignant guideline. Baba says, "I advise you not to waste your time any longer. Utilise your time in worthwhile pursuits...While you are executing your noble task do not waste your time. In this practical world, in this relative world, the most valuable relative factor is time. Once the time has passed and gone, it does not return again, so never misuse time." (AV-8, p. 45-6) By this guideline it is quite clear that Baba directs us not to waste the time-- in any way, shape, or form. So which sadhaka, which margii, has the time to mindlessly search the web from one corner of the universe to the other. Or who has time to pursue games like chess etc. Because by searching the web just as a means of entertainment and by playing chess, then those people forget everything-- and hours and days get blended together and time just passes. And indeed who has time to watch low-grade TV shows for sheer entertainment, simultaneously lying to oneself as well. Surely such type of goal-less pursuits are not at all appreciated in our Marga. And Baba is very strict on this point as it makes the mind dull and soft and one loses their inner vision of life.
One story is there how one debauched King, King Wazid Ali Shah of Lucknow, was deeply involved in the game of chess-- indeed he was addicted to chess. And several weeks ahead of time, the King got the important report from his ministers that the British army was going to raid his kingdom. But when the King got this information from his intelligence officers then the King's only answer was: 'How far they are?' And then after that the King again joined his chess game. From then on the King's military advisers were constantly giving him information about the progress of the British army. And the only thing the King continued to tell them was, 'Ok, the enemies are far off, let me continue my chess-- the enemies are far away'. Like this the King was responding. And when the situation developed to such a degree that the British soldiers reached just nearby in the local area. Then the king's intelligence advisers were giving more and more warnings. And the King replied, 'It is okay, I can still play chess till they come closer'. Then when the British Army actually reached to fort door, then after hearing this news all the other chess players quickly left the King's palace. In fear they escaped. And the King remained there alone. The King was completely oblivious to the threatening situation at hand. And instead the King was just calling out to those chess players who left. The King was just yelling and abusing those who escaped, 'Why you left! Come here and play chess'. Finally on that fateful moment when the Britishers reached into the compound itself and actually entered into the King's room, then the British Army personnel surprisingly exclaimed, 'Oh, King, you are alone here'. And the British commanders saw that next to the King just his chess board was there. And the King was still busily yelling into the void at those who had left the chess game. So this way the British Army officials got introduced to that King. And the King said, 'There were many persons here but they escaped'. Then the senior British officer asked, 'What are you doing here alone?' Then the King replied, 'I am waiting for them return in order to resume our chess match'. In the last the British arrested the King and took him away to the jail. And they told to the King, 'Finish your chess game here; indeed here you will get a lot of opportunity to play chess'. And so accordingly the King passed the whole rest of his life locked up there in the jail.
So this is how addiction happens. So the whole cause here was this useless psychic pursuit. Chess brought the negative situation where the King lost his senses and he could not retaliate even. Unfortunately these days one or two people are commonly involved in useless activities such as searching the web with no goal in mind etc, where they just idle the away their precious time-- time just gets utterly wasted. Baba says, "Now, everywhere, in cent-per-cent of the cases, there is wastage of human psychic potentiality. The psychic potentialities of human beings are immense, but people do not utilise them because most of their valuable time is wasted in undesirable thoughts, in psychic extravaganza." (YP, p. 134) So Baba is adamant that we must not waste our time in useless pursuits such as chess, uselessly reading thousands of websites just to pass the day, or mindlessly watching junk TV. Rather Baba guides us that direct intervention is need to stop this degenerating free-fall into crudity. Baba says, "This psychic extravaganza should be checked either by physical approach, or psychic approach, or by spirituo-psychic approach. (YP) So Baba strongly commands us not to ware our psychic faculty because if anyone fails to stop such type of mental extravaganza, then ultimately they cannot follow the path of sadhana-- they will become totally lost. Here again, Baba guides that we should always cleanse the mind of needless thoughts and mental engagements. Baba says, "From the psychic sphere also, unnecessary waves are to be removed. This will remove many burdens from the mind. 'I must not bother about petty things, because that will waste my time' -- people should remember this. This removal or rather withdrawal of unnecessary and undesirable thoughts emanated from the mind, will help you in rationalising the major portion of your mental faculty, and so this must also be practised." (YP)
Baba guides us how when good sadhakas gather for satsaunga then they never like to waste the time in useless activities like chess or needlessly roaming the web, rather they prefer to goad their minds toward that Supreme Hub, the Parama Purusa. Baba says, "Whenever the devotees of Hari assemble together they do not like to gossip, but prefer to do Hari Kirtana, and nothing else." (AVM-7, p.96)
Baba has graciously blessed us with all the psycho-spiritual tools to become 100% successful in life. Toward this endeavour His varabhaya mudra remains eternally with us by His grace. Baba says, "Inner channelisation and one-pointed conversion into psycho-spiritual pabulum brings about radical changes in individual and collective life. The psycho-spiritual approach makes a person deeply introversial, one-directional, strong and dynamic." (Baba) Namaskar, Jagadiish
************************************** Only Remedy
Baba says, "It is the duty of all human beings and especially those who are devotees, it is their mandatory duty to always think that, 'I am a machine and the controller is Parama Purusa. He is the machine man and I have to work according to His desire. I have to fulfill His desire. This body of mine is a machine and it belongs to Him. This is His machine and this machine has to do His work.' If one constantly thinks in this way then the vanity of action will never sprout. This is the only path to save oneself from vanity. One has to think 'I am just one machine; I am a tool and according to His desire I have to work'."
(SS-16 (H), p. 81, DMC Agra 19 Feb 84) **************************************

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