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Wrong Way To Attract

Date: 10 Feb 2010 17:31:56 -0000 From: "Mahesh Rastogi" To: Subject: Wrong Way To Attract Baba "Maner ma'jhe kon se ka'je a'cho balo na'..." (P.S. #2033) Purport: Baba, You are hiding in my mind. What do You go on doing there? You are sitting in the depths of my mind, and listening to all my thoughts. Nothing can remain hidden from You. Baba, it is impossible to hide anything from You -- what a torture this is. Your liila, Your divine play, is very vast-- verily immeasurable like the infinite ocean. To understand Your divine liila, is very difficult. When I go to measure the depth of Your liila, then my whole existence is lost. Only consciousness remains floating. Mind becomes one with You. And "I feeling" is lost. Baba, if You do not want to get held, please tell me what You want. If I know Your desire, then I will change my desire and make it parallel to Your desire. What You like, that will be my desire. Baba, You are eternally hiding in my mind and heart. Nothing remains unknown from You...
Namaskar, At the 2010 New Year's DMS, it was once again apparent how Baba's devotional treasure of Prabhat Samgiita is being abused by certain group leaders. In order to make a sale, they put unseemly, half-naked photos of filmy heroines on the cover of our Prabhat Samgiita CD's in hopes of attracting both customers and new persons into the Marga. Because they display these CD's in all kinds of pseudo-culture music shops etc. But their approach is bound to backfire. No doubt they may attract people, but for all the wrong reasons and the outcome will be horrendous.
Think of it this way. Putting half-naked filmy females on the cover of our devotional Prabhat Samgiita recordings is tantamount to putting a sign for a brothel on the front gate of one of our jagrtis. Certainly that sensual sign will attract people, but not the right people. And not only that, in this transitional period when good people are seeking the proper way, then those good people will be disgusted by seeing that prostitution sign in front of the jagrti and they will not venture inside. Rather they will turn away, irritated by our prostitution sign, not realising that we are a yoga jagrti. Likewise, by putting crude, sensual pictures on the outside of our Prabhat Samgiita cassettes, the wrong crowd will get attracted for all the wrong reasons and those pious people will be disturbed by that negative photo. So they will neither purchase nor listen to that cassette / CD. As they will not understand the beauty and devotional treasure of Prabhat Samgiita. Hence it is a double loss: Bad people will come and good people will go.
In addition, Prabhat Samgiita is totally based on ideation. The mind is to be goaded within. However, by putting flashy, racy photos on the outside of those cd's and cassettes, then that will automatically make the mind extroverted. So when the song goes, "Oh my Dearmost", or "Oh my Beloved", then that extroverted mind will not seek Parama Purusa within but instead some crude sensual image. Using such an image on Baba's Divine Prabaht Samgiita collection is not at all good. Rather it harms. And we are falling into the same flow as those degrading captialists who try to sell anthing and everything by placing half-naked females on the cover or packaging.
Such leaders continue to put the pictures of filmy heroes and movie stars on the cover of the lates cassettes. This is a tragedy as if those pseudo-culture stars are great and not Baba's devotional lyrics and melodies. This is the sad history since the last 20 years, regarding Prabhat Samgiita so many achievements have been proclaimed that "This is going on" and "That is going on". Yet despite this, the basic cassettes which Baba introduced regarding Prabhat Samgiita, Margiis are not getting. And it is one common pattern that Margis are asking from their friends in order to get hold of whatever old tapes they can. Otherwise, through organizational avenues Margis are not getting any of the Prabhat Samgiita which was regularly being made available prior to '90. Now instead Prabhat Samgiita became unfortunately, the song of one particular territory or the tune of the land of a certain language. It is not universal. And due to this Margis are not getting Prabhat Samgiita. Here the point is that, prior to '90 by Baba's order, PS cassettes in consecutive song order were regularly issued for purchase by Margis. New cassettes were made and sold in consecutive order up through 1990. After '90, production stopped. And cassettes in increasing order were no longer produced and issued, and have not been available since 1990. Here it may be useful to give some detail regarding the Prabhat Samgiita cassettes which have been produced by a certain group or groups. Every Margi knows that Prabhat Samgiita is verily one of the most important devotional treasures. But many Margis are concerned that since 1990, Prabhat Samgiita has not been highlighted in accordance with Baba's established guideline. And that B group has been largely responsible for this. Please see below for details.
To give one detailed sense of what has been done all these years since '90 by RAWA, our organization's PS Department. Here follows a description of the cover of the Rawa PS cassette number RC-056, 'Ma'lik ho Mere' (Oh My Lord): Viewing the cassette cover, gives the feeling that Baba's two folded hands pictured on the cover, are praying to god. And god is somewhere above the clouds. Here the point is that, if anybody will see the cassette cover they can easily be misled that Baba is one devotee who is praying to the god that lives in the sky. And Baba as devotee is looking towards the sky, calling 'Malik Ho Mere' (Oh my Lord...). So the whole idea of Prabhat Samgiita is painted in a very negative and dogmatic way. This very PS cassette cover has been made by none other than Bengali group. Further detail of the cassette cover follows below. In the very center of the picture on the Rawa cassette cover RC-056 are Baba's beautiful hands joined together in the namaskar mudra. By looking at the cassette cover, one can see how Baba's hands are soft and pinkish-- even rose coloured. Plus on Baba's left hand on the fourth finger, Baba's ring is there. So Baba's beautiful & divine hands have been taken directly from one photo & printed right there on the center of this cassette cover. Then, pictured far, far above in the distant sky are many clouds and the sun's rays bursting through those clouds. And surrounding Baba's hands are the photographs of different film stars. So seeing the whole picture of the PS cassette cover for the Rawa PS tape RC-056, it is very clear that Baba's hands are doing namaskar up toward the heavenly sky. As I told, all around Baba's hands are the photographs of different film stars. And Baba's hands are portrayed in a little bigger size just above the row of photos of crude film stars. By this the overall impression is clearly given that Baba is giving salutation to the great god in the heavenly sky. That Baba is one human being, devotee, who is involved in collective prayer to god with folded hands. And so many film stars are joining Baba in their prayer to this god who is hidden away in those heavenly clouds up in the sky. Excuse me, here it should be very clear that the above description is not one dream or fantasy. It is exactly the plainly visible scene in this PS cassette RC-056, 'Malik Ho Mere'. And like a signboard 'Malik ho Mere' (Oh My Lord) is painted in bold letters above the sky on the cassette cover itself. Which gives the feeling that god is above in the heaven and the devotee is praying far below from the earth and Baba is one of the devotees. And Baba's folded hands represents that Baba along with the film stars are doing collective prayer. And they, (Baba and the film stars) are living on this earth and praying to god who is living in the heaven. Now as we Margis are well aware, in the common society the dogma is already existing that god is living in the sky. This dogma is especially strong amongst Christian and Muslim believers. And for Muslim believers, there is another point as Muslims are well known for their use of the term Malik (Lord), as the god who lives in the sky. So the cover of this Prabhat Samgiitta cassette RC-056 gives the picture that (a) God is living in the sky, (b) Baba's hands are representing the collective prayer to god who is residing in heaven, (c) and the row of photos of film stars gives two feelings. 1. Prayer is done from common mass to the god living in the sky and 2. The public will be attracted by seeing the photos of film stars on the cassette cover. So possibility is there for huge monetary gain. By seeing this PS cassette cover it is clear that, in the hope of gaining a few pennies, Baba's lofty teaching and ideology about heaven and hell have been sacrificed. Or Baba's ideology which preaches that God lives in the heart is tarnished. And it gives the picture that those who made the PS cassette 'Ma'lik ho Mere", in their mind, money is the most important thing. More important than anything else. How crude this tragic game is. So here in this Prabhat Samgiita critical description, sufficient proof has been given that B group distorted this PS for the sake of money. And it should be added here that Margiis are writing on this very point since a long time. But B group always kept silent. There are innumerable such cassettes, with highly degenerated cassette covers designed only to boost sales to the public. At the cost of improperly representing Baba's divine Prabhat Samgiita as some cheap dogmatic religious cassette. Or in other cases which have only film stars pictured on the front painted in full make-up, those cassettes look more like crude pseudoculture romance cassettes. How tragic it is to see these things, which completely degenerate the presentation of Baba's divine Prabhat Samgiita.
There are many other tragic aspects to the way B group produced PS cassettes only to maximize sales to the public: 1. No consecutive cassette production as was done before. Only songs are recorded and sold, which can be easily marketed as pseudoculture romance or religious songs. 2. Baba's guideline was to always print the name of the cassette in Roman script to reflect the universality of these divine songs. But since '90 B group has changed this, now printing cassette covers in Bangla instead of English. So that it looks like these songs are made for Bengalis and not for people all over the world. 3. Baba only allowed Margis to perform and record PS for our AMPS. Professional singers were never employed for this. But since '90 B group hires all various pseudoculture singers to record PS and put their pictures on the cassette cover for sales purposes. Which Baba never allowed as it ruins the sanctity and saintliness of these divine songs. 4. Different pseudoculture photos are printed on the cover of PS cassettes. 5. The names of our PS cassettes are changed away from Baba's system, for sales purposes. 6. In pronunciation the hired singers don't follow Baba's system. This is completely disrespectful and disregards Baba's specific guidelines for how PS is to be sung. In short, by this it is clear that regarding Prabhat Samgiita nothing commendable has been done over the last 13 years. So if we see the quoted report from B group*. There in that report, B group is bragging about the greatness of what they did with Prabhat Samgiita and they are asking for money from Margis. But knowing all the above catastrophes which have been committed against Prabhat Samgiita, then what B group is bragging about does not have any sense. What simple thing was needed to be done -- even the old PS cassettes which were getting presented consecutively prior to '90, that is also gone into some chasm. Since then nothing has been sold or made available to the Margis. In practical sphere, B group did not do anything positive. Rather, in view of the above it is clear that B group is the main cause of ruining Prabhat Samgiita over the last 20 years. They made many high sounding speeches and proclamations, but did not follow any of Baba's guidelines for Prabhat Samgiita. So their talk appears instead as one hypocritical propaganda. Just empty slogans are there.
This following Baba's quote of Namah Shivaya Shantaya gives strong guideline as to why B group is preaching about the greatness of their pseudoculture presentation of Prabhat Samgiita. And asking Margiis to donate money to them on that false ground. Baba says, "Generally people use the empty words of philosophy like tinsel to cover their internal blackness of character. Some of this tinsel is golden, some silver, some a variety of colors. ...In the psychic world, the implementation of these fatuous philosophies can wreak havoc." (NSS, ed.'95, p.195) Here Baba uses the term tinsel. The sense is that what B group is preaching in the name of Prabhat Samgiita, that is one tinsel. B group is taking the divine songs of Baba's Prabhat Samgiita and using it to just cover their black actions. In true sense they are abusing Prabhat Samgiita for their own selfish ends. This is the wrong way to try an attract people into AM. Bad people will come (temporarily) and good people will turn away.
These are the challenges we face in our AM today, and it is not simple. And yet with Baba's grace, I have deep faith that all will be soon on the rise. "Purvara digante arun'a eseche, ka'lera ka'lima' sariya' ye geche..." (#4795) In the eastern horizon the crimson dawn is visible. The pitch black dark is disappearing. After a long span of agony the effulgence is showering. So our future is bright-- by His grace. Namaskar, Mahesh
****************************************** 300 Million Years Ago
Baba says, "In the distant past, some areas of India did not exist: There was neither northern India, nor D'aba'k nor Samatat' areas of Bengal, but there was Old Gondwana. That was about 300 million years ago. At that time, the major parts of Sind, the Punjab, U.P., Bihar and Bengal did not exist. They were all submerged under the vast oceans. The Himalayas also did not exist. But the Vindhya mountain range and its sister ranges, Sa'tpura', Sahya'dri, Rajmahal and Ra'mga'r'h did exist. These mountains were very high, and always snow-covered." (AFPS-3, p.34)

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