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Very Long Sleep

Date: Sun 16 May 2010 13:02:42 -0000 To: From: Subject: Very Long Sleep Baba "A'ma're dekhe calecho prabhu more pu'n'ya phale..." (PS 4477) Purport: Baba, because of the virtue of having Your grace, I can feel that You are so close and that You are looking at me all the time. Baba, You are with me each and every moment, in the brilliant effulgence and in the cimmerian darkness-- constantly, all the 24hrs. In my good days and bad days always You are and will remain along with me. Baba, You are so gracious. Baba, when I am surrounded by the fog of hopelessness and despair, & when my life becomes burdened, then it is very difficult for me to move ahead-- all my inspiration is lost. And when I cry in pain and the tears are rolling down my cheeks like a river, and when I am drowned in pessimism, then I think that this life is useless and that this whole world is poisonous. In that case I feel it is better just to die. When I am in such a crisis, then with a very pleasant and sonorous voice, Someone appears in my mental abode and in a very sweet & intimate way He whispers, 'Do not worry, I love you'. Baba, the effulgence of Your divine love never gets extinguished; Your love is eternal and never fades or ends. In this mundane world, everything comes and goes. Baba only You are eternal and infinite. You are the sweetest Entity. You are that force that never stops. You are that magnificent bliss that never diminishes-- always that bliss is growing and growing. Baba, You are my everything: The be-all and end-all of the life. By Your grace I am under Your shelter. Baba, in the deep core of my heart the only request I have is that: Please do not forget that I am sheltering myself in You, at Your lotus feet. Baba, by Your infinite grace-compassion You are remaining by my side always...
Namaskar, At the recent Jamalpur DMS, an announcement was made that reveals how someone at the helm has been sleeping soundly for the last two decades. What's at stake is a deeply devotional aspect of our AM way of life. Read more about what happened and the issue involved.
As we all know, our "Parama Pita Baba Ki - Jai!" slogan is raised in Baba's glory - and no other. He is the Sadguru; He is that Taraka Brahma that took birth to bring us on His divine lap; He is the Polestar; and He is the Goal of Life. For Ananda Margiis, only He is Baba. And we raise the Jai slogan with one-pointed ideation on His name and form. There is no second or third entity involved - only Him. Thus, there should not be any ambiguity about our Jai slogan.
Unfortunately since 1990, our Jai slogan has been misused at our DMS gatherings and that has left many new people confused and led many astray. Since 1990, this has been the scene at DMS. The pandal would be full of margiis, waiting for DMS to begin. Everyone would sing kiirtan. At the conclusion of kiirtan, one Dada at the mic would raise the "Parama Pita Baba Ki - Jai!" slogan and all would join in. The volume and intensity would mount and then suddenly PP Dada or some other high-posted Dada convening DMS would come out on stage. Everyone present would continue to raise the slogan and PP Dada would slowly walk towards his seat with his hands folded at his heart, not saying anything, as if everyone was doing the Jai slogan for him & in his honour, not Baba's. This is the crude way the slogan has been going on since 1990, and for years and years many margiis and Dadas strongly objected. They brought the point that PP Dada should also raise the Jai slogan and not stroll into the pandal as if the slogan is in his honour. But despite the many objections by margiis and Dadas, those top DMS organisers kept everything as is, i.e. allowing PP and other big Dadas to receive the Jai slogan. That was their standard practice; anyone who has attended DMS knows this. History itself is the proof.
Raising the Jai slogan in this dogmatic way was offensive to all bhaktas and created much confusion about who the slogan is for and who Baba is, especially for newer margiis and sympathizers. Certainly established sadhakas were not confused but rather outraged, whereas countless others were totally befuddled thinking that the slogan was for PP Dada etc. Here's why, there was so much confusion: 1) In India, the term "Baba" is commonly used for many by the general public. All Hindu monks are called Baba; grandfathers are called Baba; priests are called Baba; all in all, there are so many Babas in India. All are Baba. Thus when at DMS the whole pandal is raising the "Parama Pita Baba Ki - Jai slogan" and PP Dada walks across the stage, then so many members of the general public, new people and sympathizers will naturally conclude that in AM Baba refers to PP Dada. This is one common misnomer that has occurred in the post 1990 era. 2) In all the religions and on all the paths, the guruship, papacy (i.e. the pope), head priest, and Dalai Lama title etc are passed down from one leader to the next, from one human being to the next. This is the way it works. AM is unique in that Brahma Himself is the Guru and there is no passing down of the Guruship. There is not another path on the planet that operates in this way. Naturally, then new people are going to think that since 1990, the top Dada or PP Dada is the new Guru. None can imagine that still we Ananda Margiis hold Baba to be the Guru after 1990. Hence when we raise the "Parama Pita Baba Ki - Jai!", they will think it refers to the man walking across the stage with folded hands. 3) In AM, Baba is one. It refers to Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. There is no other Baba. So when other paths do not follow the same one-pointed approach as we follow, then they are bound to be confused about who we mean when we say Baba. These are but a few of the many reasons why the current DMS system has been denounced by right-thinking Ananda Margiis. Raising the Jai slogan and having PP Dada or some other top Dada walk across the stage is misleading in so many ways. This is not the message we want to put across. Even some good margiis got confused, especially in those early years directly after '90. Here the point is that the way the Jai slogan has been raised at DMS has been problematic for the past 2 decades, i.e. 20 yrs, and many have rightly brought forth their concerns - only to fall on deaf ears. Those top Dadas always ignored the matter.
Then, out of the blue, at this years Jamalpur DMS, Dada Nigamanandji, the H group spokesman issued the following statement: "When our chosen top Dada or PP walks out onto the stage, then do not raise the Jai slogan. This slogan is only for Baba and none should get confused. PP should enter silently, offer a garland to Baba's photo, do sastaunga pranam, then the slogan should be Jai raised, and then PP will take his seat." This type of proclamation was given by Dada Nigamananda at the recently held Jamalpur DMS (2010). Even then, Dadaji did not get the situation totally correct, plus there are many inconsistencies with Dadaji's own behaviour in this regard - all of which are explored further down in this letter. Suffice to say here that with regards to the Jai slogan at our DMS functions, it would best if PP himself raises the slogan first and then everyone else joins in. Then all would know that PP is raising the slogan for someone because no one can raise their own slogan. The prime minister cannot raise the slogan, "Long live the prime minister!" - someone else has to do it. So when if PP himself raises the Jai slogan first then all would understand that PP is not Baba. So that is the way it should be done. The Jai slogan at this past Jamalpur DMS was better than before but it is still not ideal. For it to be proper, PP himself has be the first to raise the slogan and he should raise it the entire time. Then common people will understand that Baba is Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. None will think that Baba means PP Dada or that the slogan is in PP's honour. Beyond that there were some other noticeable peculiarities of Dada's stated approach.
Here is why many margiis and Dadas present at DMS were smiling and laughing at Nigamananda's talk. 1. Firstly, Nigamananda talked about the Jai slogan as if he was introducing a new practice in AM and no one knew how to raise the slogan. When in fact, most of the margiis present have been raising the Jai slogan properly for years and years. They were the ones complaining that it should be raised for Baba and no one else. But in his stated manner, Nigamananda approached the matter as if he was teaching something entirely new that was unheard of in AM. That was one point of humour. 2. Nigamananda talked about the Jai slogan as if for the past 20yrs he and other top Dadas were not the ones who implemented the faulty and dogmatic Jai slogan system. After all, Sarvatmananda started this dogma in 1990 as a way to raise the platform of PP and get more power for himself by controlling PP. Thereafter, for the past 12 years, Rudrananda and Nigamananda cashed in on this same dogmatic approach. 3. And now suddenly, out of the blue, as if he never did any wrong and as if no margii ever tried to correct the faulty Jai slogan approach, Nigamananda walks on stage and with a straight face begins talking "the finer aspects" of raising the Jai slogan. When all along he and his cronies were the ones infusing the dogmatic ways, not anyone else. For all these reasons and more, many good margiis and Dadas were amused by Nigamananda's approach at the Jamalpur DMS. Dadaji was the culprit but he presents the situation as if he is the pure and dharmic one who is coming forward to save the day. That was what all the humour was all about.
With our critical thinking skills and pointed intellect, we should analyse the situation and understand what motivated Nigamananda to issue such a statement. 1) The first reason is that Nigamananda knew for years and years that the Jai slogan was not being done correctly but since he is now getting aged he thought he should try and fix it before he died - lest he be blamed in future for his wrong doing. It is just like how Indira Gandhi lifted the Emergency / martial law when she was losing her grip on the power. She was the one who imposed martial law and when she was at the height of power she ridiculed those who suggested that she end martial law, but when her demise was near then she stopped martial law. She thought that at least she should at least get the credit for reversing it. Such was her self-centered and hypocritical approach. And now it seems that Nigamananda is no different. He is sick and aged and now has one leg in the funeral pyre and suddenly he has become adamant to fix the way the Jai slogan is being done at DMS, when he personally was in charge of doing it the wrong way for 20yrs. Many say that this is one reason why Dadaji suddenly came forward. 2) Others are telling that Nigamananda was thinking that he himself would become PP one day and that he would get that respect and that it would be so amazing. But when he recently realised that he is not going to get the top post, then he withdrew that way of doing the Jai slogan at DMS. He thought that, "If I am not going to the top post then no one should get such respect." Earlier Nigamananda thought that he himself would certainly become PP. But with all the arm wrestling going on between him and Rudrananda, he realised that he would never get the top chair. So he thought that if I cannot get all that respect by having the whole world chant the Jai slogan while I walk slowly across the stage, then no one should get that opportunity. It is akin to someone thinking, "If I cannot eat all the rasagolla then no one should get any, better I should throw it to the dogs." It is with this defective mindset that all of a sudden Nigamananda ended the dogmatic Jai slogan ritual at DMS. 3) Side by side there is this also going on. Nigamananda wants credit for dismantling the wrong way of doing the Jai slogan but he is not willing to apologise for having been the one to implement and carry out this system in the first place. For 20 years he was one of the main agents of this dogma - but he made no mention of that in his talk. He simply delivered his announcement as if this is a totally new rule. When in fact for years and years Nigamananda implemented the crude Jai slogan ritual and he kicked margiis in the face for opposing this same dogmatic Jai slogan. For all these reasons and more it is a bit peculiar how now out of the blue, Nigamananda is suddenly talking about how the Jai slogan gives the wrong impression. Rather we can understand what is really going on inside his mind. He is not concerned about undoing a dogma but rather saving his own prestige.
All in all it has to be remarked that Nigamananda has not shown an iota of repentance for his wrongdoing. He did not even hint that for years and years he himself administered the Jai slogan for PP Dada. So he has no repentance for his wrongdoing - otherwise he would have said something. His only motivation for coming forward is ego - to save his own prestige. He thinks that if he is not going to become PP then no one should get that kind of power and respect. But even then he is not going to admit his own wrongdoing as that would be self-incriminating. So he simply talks as if he is implementing a new rule, not tearing down an old dogma which he himself actively supported. According to Baba, this type of crooked mind-set is that of a deliberate sinner. Baba says, "They know that they are surrendering their intellect to dogma, and that the outcome will be undesirable; they know and understand everything – why, even then, do they knowingly submit to it? They are all deliberate sinners." (NH-LOI, Disc: 6) Only now when Dadaji is sadly suffering from a terminal illness is he trying to get credit for fixing this wrongdoing, without admitting his part in it. It seems he is fearful of how he will be judge in the future. Otherwise what was the need to come forward like he did at the Jamalpur DMS function. Of course we all feel badly that Dadaji is in poor health and close to his end, but best would have been if he had expressed some repentance for his misdeed and sin.
So that was the drama about Nigamananda's announcement at the recent Jamalpur DMS gathering. Now we should all come to consensus on this deeply devotional issue. Baba is our Polestar and the "Parama Pita Baba Ki - Jai!" is for Him alone. To ensure no one at DMS thinks that the slogan is for PP Dada, then PP Dada himself should be the first to raise the slogan and then all others should join in and PP should continue to yell the slogan till the very end. Then everyone present, even non-margiis and sympathizers, will understand that our Jai slogan is for Baba and Baba is Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, not anyone else.
This is the era when society is moving ahead quickly. So many dogmas and injustices are being corrected. Whole countries and governments - like Canada and Australia - are issuing apologies for how they abused and wiped out native peoples in the past. Priests are speaking out about religious injustices, and social leaders are admitting their misdeeds of old. In so many ways people are coming clean and fixing their wrongs. That is the trend. So it is a shame that Nigamananda could only go halfway. All he could do was try and introduce a new rule, he failed to express repentance for his wrongdoing the past 20 years. By Baba's grace, very soon Nigamananda will get the courage to show his repentance in front of all. Till that time, everyone will see the truth about him for what it is. Right now it looks as though he has been sleeping the last 20yrs when margiis were pointing out this wrongdoing, or Dadaji is a deliberate sinner - or both. You the reader should decide.
It is exclusively Baba's grace that He has blessed us by coming and taking us on His lap. All glory and honour go to Him - no one else. By using the Jai slogan at DMS in the proper way, everyone will understand that Baba is Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji and that He alone is the Guru of Ananda Marga. Namaskar, Mahesh
*************************************** Health Guideline: Diet Related
Baba says, "For proper digestion, fill the stomach half-way with food, one quarter with water, and leave one quarter full of air." (CC-3, 'Procedure for Eating') Note: Every conscious margii follows this above point but sometimes for certain people it becomes difficult to follow. Especially at retreats or during feasts this rule is not so strictly followed by some. Whereas in everyday life when they are in their own home this is not a problem. Anyhow, the above guideline given by Revered Baba is highly significant and we should follow it.

Baba Has Given Everything...

From: "Karma Rasa" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Baba Has Given Everything... Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 23:47:04 +0000 Baba "Tumi yadi bha'lo ba'so keno na'hi a'so ka'che..." (PS 3039) Purport: Baba, by Your grace, I have so much love for You. If You love me then why don't You come close. Baba, please come in the depths of my heart-- I am calling You. O' Divine Entity, why are You smiling from a distance in Your extremely charming and captivating form. Why are You not coming close so I can hold You tightly and make You mine. O' my Dearmost, I have been waiting with great anticipation for Your arrival, but, alas, You are remaining far away-- beyond my reach. Baba, in the disappointment and sadness of Your not coming, in that hopelessness the braids in my hair have become loose and fallen. My exquisitely threaded flower garland which I made exclusively for You has become dried up and fallen to the ground, on the dusty floor. O' Rupamaya [1], O' Divine Entity, with the tears pouring from my coloured eyes, everything in this expressed universe is floating away. Baba, I have heard that You remember everything and that You never forget anything; I have heard that You keep everyone in Your mind, always. All are Your very close. O' Divine One, at last You have satisfied my heart. By Your grace, You have come to me in the madhavii garden and saturated each & every pore of my mind with Your heavenly sweetness. Baba, You have graciously filled my heart with Your love; You have showered Your grace and made me Yours... NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA 3039: [1] Rupamaya: ['Rup' means 'form' and 'may' means 'consisting of'.] This is one of the innumerable names of Parama Purusa that describes one of His infinite qualities: Namely, how He has graciously come in the form. By His wish He has manifested Himself and come in His charming form. That is why one of the names of Parama Purusa is Rupamaya.
Namaskar, Our blessed holiday of Ananda Purnima is coming soon - May 27. That is one of the most glorious occasions in our Marga. We all gather and celebrate His Divine advent. Unfortunately, since 1990, this highly devotional occasion has been riddled by one dogma: The issueing of Fake Ananda Vaniis by one or more groups. Here is the story about that and how we must rid this dogma from our AM society.
Since some time the discussion has going on how we can solve the problem of the Fake Ananda Vanii. Because since 1991 every year, two times we are receiving some quotes, wrongly named as 'Ananda Vanii' by the leading groupists. So, as one solution, in our unit we collectively decided that since we already have 74 Ananda Vaniis, originally given by Baba -- then why not choose one of these for the twice yearly unveiling of an Ananda Vanii during Ananda Purnima and New Year's Day. In that case we will treat that Ananda Vanii as the guideline for the next six months. And then we will select another one for Ananda Purnima from Baba's original collection, "Ananda Vanii Samgraha". Thus some margiis think that instead of having some groupist politicians fabricate a Fake Ananda Vanii, in place of this it is far to select the Ananda Vaniis from the pool of the Ananda Vanii collection.
Sarvatmanandji created one negative trend in 1991 & according to his own selfish desire he was selecting one quote and calling it Ananda Vanii. When in fact he was making Fake Ananda Vaniis. That is why most margiis do not like what he did as it is against Baba's system. So ultimately we thought Baba's original and true Ananda Vaniis is enough; let those groupist people choose their quotes in their dogmatic approach call it what they like-- but we do not appreciate what they are doing. Margiis requested those groupist persons to follow Baba's system and select an Ananda Vanii from amongst Baba's perfect jewels of 74 Ananda Vaniis-- however because of their dogmatic mind they do not like to listen and they got stuck up in their dogma. But by Baba's grace, rational margiis from my unit firmly maintained that we must adhere to Baba's teachings. Let those groupist people do what they are doing-- but we will follow Baba.
Nowadays various margiis also give the proper logic, that as in Ananda Sutram there are 85 Sutras. So it is very limited in number-since it is not hundreds of thousands. Similarly we have limited DMC discourses which is also not several thousand. And we know that only DMC discourses can be printed as Subhasita Samgraha. Not others. Only one Supreme Command we have, not many. Doing Guru Puja, we have only four slokas, not hundreds and thousands. Because Baba has given everything in a very pointed and concentrated way. So people should not feel that AM ideology is very, very difficult to study and understand. But surely if it would have been fifty thousand sutras in Ananda Sutram, and twenty thousand DMC discourses, or several hundred mantras of our sadhana or several thousand Vaniis then it would have been a problem. But in truth Baba has made it very easy and graspable.
On the other side we see that the Hindu religion has thousands of ritualistic things-- and similar type of dogma is there in all the religions. They do not have simple, straight-forward, pin-pointed teachings. So they are all confused about their do's and don'ts. By that way, the common public thinks that to understand the scripture is not an easy job. It is the work of priests only. Seeing the opportunity, priests exploit the common mass profusely. To not allow this situation in Ananda Marga, Baba gave His teaching in a very concentrated way. So that our slogan is - "Dharma for All." So in the meeting it was concluded, that our duty is to follow bhagavad dharma so we should follow those Ananda Vaniis which He has graciously given us. And we should select each time only one from this pool. And treat it as the present Ananda Vanii of that occasion - New Year's or Ananda Purnima. What is the need to select some Baba's quote and treat it as the new Ananda Vanii. And finally add in the Ananda Vanii collection book, and go on multiplying the number of vaniis each and every year. And in the course of several hundred years, the number of quotes will increase to more than the actual Vaniis. So everything will be mess, chaotic. One other margii emphasized that in true sense there is no need to create Fake Ananda Vaniis from random quotes. After all, that is a quote. A quote is quote - but a piece of a different discourse whereas an Ananda Vanii is an Ananda Vanii - a full discourse unto itself. So quotes and Ananda Vaniis are two different things - non-interchangeable. We know there are many sutras which Baba gave in DMC that He did not include in Ananda Sutram. In that case we must not include those in Ananda Sutram. Nor can we call it a sutra of Ananda Sutram. Similarly, Baba's quote from various discourses, cannot be treated as Baba's Ananda Vanii. They are not the same thing. Discussing all these, everyone became satisfied that Baba gave total 74 Vaniis and it is enough. From there we will select, and every year we will do like this. When the time will come then we will select another one from this Ananda Vanii Samgraha book. So tomorrow we will have our dharmacakra and decide what will be the Ananda Vanii for 2010 occasion of Ananda Purnima. Namaskar, Karma Rasa & Gurucharan
**************************************************** One Riddle
Baba says, "Once King Akbar said, 'Birbal, can you please tell me something which will make a happy man unhappy and an unhappy man happy?' Birbal replied, 'Aesa' din nahi rahega'-- This day will not last forever'. (AV-4, p. 80)

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