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How Did We Fall Prey to Groupism

Date: 14 Apr 2010 14:47:26 -0000 From: "Acintya Deva" To: Subject: How Did We Fall Prey to Groupism Baba "Pratham jiivane, tumi a'so niko, ta'r la'gi, mane kono klesh na'i..." (PS 379) Purport: Baba, You did not come close to me in the dawn of my life; but I do not have any agony in my mind about why You did not bring me under Your shelter that time-- why You did not come close to me and become very intimate. For that I do not have any mental anguish or suffering. But I do have repentance in my heart for why I did not search You that time. That is why my heart is burning and crying all the time. The fault is mine that in my early years I did not search You. For that I have deep remorse. Baba, that time You were so close to me-- living side by side, always. Even then I did not call You or try to search for You by learning sadhana. I did not care about that back then. Just my days and nights passed in vain, doing various useless pursuits that time in the early stage of my life. Yet, now in the twilight of my life, the more those early remembrances sprout in mind, the more pain I feel. Baba, by Your grace everyone comes onto this earth for a short span of time, for a calculated period. And there are so many works to do. Yet fruitlessly people waste their time blaming God for their misfortunes-- but there is no benefit in this. Because everyone is facing their own samskara. When they remove the umbrella of vanity, they will realise that Your grace is showering eternally. Baba, You are ever gracious; what You do is best for me. My only desire is to always remain under Your shelter...
Namaskar, Seeing the situation going on now in our AMPS, it is certainly reasonable to ask, 'How or why did we fall prey to groupism?'. This query could easily arise in anyone's mind. So let us take a moment then to investigate this topic. In a nutshell we should just know that all around the globe, groupism is looked upon as being something very honorable and venerated etc.
So beforemjumping directly into the present theatrics of groupism in AMPS, first we can examine how various nations around the globe are run. As we all know well, at present the government of each and every country in the world today openly operates under the party system. For example: (a) In India, in the recent history the BJP was the ruling party; plus we all know there is also the Congress Party and various other parties. (b) In the US, the two main camps are the Democratic and Republican parties. (c) In France the major parties are the Socialist Party and the UPM, Union for a Popular Movement. (d) In Japan, the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) and the DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) are the two major parties. (e) In Argentina two of the many active political parties are Radical Civic Union (Unión Civica Radical) and Justicialist Party (Partido Justicialista). (f) And in Kenya there is the Kenya African National Union and the Safina party, among others. So each and every nation on this globe today has their registered political parties which essentially govern that country. And these parties are, by and large, accepted by people as being authentic, legal, official, and authoritative. In a word such parties are deemed as 'legitimate' in the eyes of the people. Various citizens may agree or disagree with the platform of a particular party, but none are calling for these parties to be eradicated. Rather a dissident will merely found or join an opposing party. So the party system itself is accepted 100%. Indeed, such parties are respected and people think this is the way to do.
However, these parties are not just parties-- they are veritable groups. Inside and out they function according to a groupist mentality. Their members commit to the party agenda instead of to the path of welfare; these parties cover up misdeeds of their leaders; these parties pressurise their members to follow the party no matter what; and these parties rampantly chase after power etc. Plus there are so many other indicating factors which show that these political parties function according to the mandates of groupism. So verily these parties are groups and the term 'party' is just a euphemism for the word 'group'. Hence in society groupism is well respected, but in AM we do not subscribe to groupism. Yet because of the prevailing social dogmas, groupism / party politics has not only crept into but verily blossomed in our AMPS.
Interestingly if you directly ask party members of the various countries if their party is a group or faction, then they would say 'no'. They would not admit that they are a faction or a group, or that they function according to groupist psychology etc. None of these things would they readily admit. Primarily because, they are blinded by their own party politics and fail to understand how their party is nothing more than a group. Rather they think their party / group is something prestigious. For that we need to look no further than the recent debates on war or economic reform in US polictics. Obama put out a call for support and those in his party came running in support, galvanizing the party platform- as if this is something great or holy or noble. And those in the other party attacked as if it was the plague Through it all, those party leaders would never lay claim that they are playing groupist schemas etc. But if a small cluster of their party broke away from the rest of their party, then surely they would label that small cluster as being a group, or a splinter, or a faction. With regards to their own party however they would not be so forthcoming. They would not openly declare that their party is nothing but a group. Nor would the general public or even many political commentators. Because the party system has become so established in the realm of politics that everyone just accepts it as being normal. And when they tire of one party then they vote in another. That is the way it goes. Because almost none openly oppose the existence of the party system. Either because they agree with it or because they cannot conceive of there being any other way. The party system has become the defining aspect of political life. Indeed, it has become so deeply embedded within the world of politics, that people do not think that anything can be done outside party system. They do not think that a government can be formed or run without the party. Given all of the above, is it any wonder then how party politics, aka groupism can into being in our Marga. Because when top Dadas do not follow Baba's ideals then they are going to fall into the prevailing ways of the society-- which happens to be party politics-- i.e. groupism. Like osmosis, groupism has seeped into our Marga from the general society's ways of party politics.
When it came time for Dadas to take control of the governance of AMPS. Then in a flash, the various WT's broke divided themselves into various groups, or parties. Since 1990, never did our AMPS function as one holistic body. Immediately one or another faction has risen to power and worked towards their own party interests. The Sarvatmanandas and Rudranandas have always relied on their party structure to gain power and dominate. That is why we can say that there have always been various groups that rule the scene in our AMPS. But if you ask any of the ruling groups in AMPS if their faction or party is a group, they will never admit it. For example, B group does not openly declare that their clique is a group. Rather they believe they should be the ruling party of AMPS and all others who disagree with them are members of various groups. But B group will not deem themselves as being a group per se. And same is the case with the leading H faction, EC team, or NIA cluster. All are groups: they all rigidly follow the dictates of groupism. But they will never say as much. They will never attest to the fact that they are a group. Rather they think theirs is a legitimate political party and all others are mere groups or splinters etc. And to test the situation simply go up to any chieftain like Rudrananda, Sarvatmananda, Tiirthananda, Citkrsnananda, or approach any of their lieutenants and ask them if their team is a group. Immediately they will say 'no'. And to legitimise their own presence, they will say they are a political party or the governing body. Or if they are really tricky they will proclaim themselves as being a 'movement'. But in truth, all such factions-- whether H, B, EC, or NIA-- are functioning 100% according to the ways of groupism. That is their modus operendi. Because they is what they have seen happen in the general society and this party system they have dragged into our AMPS
So if one were to raise the question: 'How did we fall prey to groupism'. Then the leading answer is that when groupism itself is accepted and rampant all around us in the general society in the form of party politics, then we can say that this faulty mind-set of groupism entered into our AMPS from the outside. That is, since we ourselves failed to pointedly recognise the presence of groupism in the world around us, so we could not stop it from infesting our AMPS either. Thus groupism entered into our AMPS way of life from the general society. Those in AMPS adopted the 'legitimate' political approach as practiced in each and every country. Because throughout the world today, the party system is looked upon as something glorious and if anyone 'sacrifices for the party' then that is looked upon as a truly noble & selfless action. When in reality, all it is is a stamp of approval for more and more groupism.
Here below however Baba warns us about and openly rejects the existence of such party politics, or groupism. Baba says, "Party politics is one of the factors which stands, or tries to stand, in the way of human unity. In fact party politics is even more dangerous than disease-causing germs. In party politics all the refined attributes of the human mind, such as simplicity and the spirit of service, slowly but surely get totally destroyed. Party affiliation commands more respect than individual ability; service to self, not service to people, is the main motto; ministerial office, rather than human welfare, is considered superior; and mass deception, political somersaults, etc., are most common phenomena." (P.O.D., pt #26) So in no way, shape, or form is party politics intended to become a part of our AM way of life. But tragically it has seeped into our AMPS like water. None can claim that it hasn't.
How are we to proceed. What is the way out. In brief, we can say that in Prout there is no groupism. There is no party politics; there is not factionalism. In Prout we are to function as one human society-- that is as one human family. But because in the history of the world and in the society around us there is no country which has functioned under such a premise, it becomes difficult to imagine how a Proutistic system would function. That is why people are not sure how it works. But if we really want to know how a Proutistic government is to operate, we need not look any further than the joint family system, which has been in vogue in Indian village life and in so many communities for generations and generations. In that approach, all are looked upon as being part of the whole and no one is allowed to rule the family in favour of certain family members. This type of party politics or groupism is not allowed to happen in any family. And that mind-set is what is needed to formulate a proper AMPS organisation. Yet in our political life, and in our AMPS, party politics or groupism has become the norm. And it entered into AMPS because in our own minds this is what we have accepted as being normal: In some small or big corner of our minds we have accepted the legitimacy of the party system which we see rampant in the world around us.
All in all this is a vast topic with many points involved. Yet at the same time it is very simple: The party politics prevalent in each and every nation has been absorbed into AMPS, at least at present. And as always all are encouraged to write in with thoughts and opinions. Because this is one needed point for us to unearth if we are ever to move ahead and build an AMPS that is functioning according to the ways of Prout.
By Baba's grace, each and every Ananda Margii has within them the seeds and desire to set up our social life according to the ways of Prout. And by His grace it will not take long for us to enable Prout to sprout in our AMPS. Baba says, "We are waiting for the rising sun with crimson rays. Even now the crimson rays are a bit visible. These crimson rays are the rays of PROUT." (PNS-17) Namaskar, Acintya
****************************************** Ultravarious to Ideology
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