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Be Aware About Karmaphala

Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 22:40:02 -0400 From: Donald_G To: Subject: Be Aware About Karmaphala Baba "Tumi kii ceyecho ja'ni ni to a'mi, tumi kii diyecho kichu ja'ni" (P.S. 1980) Purport: Baba, what You want I do not know, but what You have given me-- about that a little I know, by Your grace. I have not offered anything to You, only I have always gone on extending my own hands in order to get more and more. Baba, You have sent me on this dusty earth with human form. Indeed You have certain plans and programs to get done by me; You have certain desires and hopes that I do not know, nor do I want to know. Only I know that I have wasted my life in useless altercations and letharginess. The precious time of this human life has gone in vain. At the proper moment awareness has not come in my mind. Time has passed like this. My days have passed in self-indulgent activities and entertainments. Today I am sitting in the desert counting the stars. Baba, still I have full faith that You will grace me and bring me onto the right path...
Namaskar, The world is changing fast and one of the main transformations taking place is that materialism is spreading like wildfire. This is especially true in the so-called developing nations where the people naively try to aspire to become like materialistic, "first-world" citizens. This is the rage that is haunting humanity in this present moment. Even this is happening in India where for ages and ages western materialistic values were rejected. But now the floodgates have opened and materialism is swarming through each and every pore of human life. Starbuck's, Wal-Mart, McDonald's are fast making their mark and crude shopping malls are popping up "everywhere". Through it all the inhabitants of India and many other "developing nations" are hurriedly joining the ranks of materialism. Because they innocently think that this is the road to glory. However, they should think again and again-- or, better yet, we Ananda Margiis should warn them about the harmful consequences. Because once one's mind gets painted in the colour of materialism, then the result is disastrous. Once one starts madly chasing after and satisfying their crude desires, they are bound to undergo the karmic reaction of those deeds. And let them be warned that the fruit of those actions, i.e. karmaphala, is absolutely poisonous and brings one's total degeneration.
In any direction, it is sad to see how various peoples and communities are giving up their native cultures and tossing aside their local customs, songs, and morals and instead taking the big plunge into materialism. Just to clarify, here the word 'materialism' refers to (a) accepting money as the main goal of life, (b) chasing after carnal pleasures, (c) leading a sexually promiscuous existence, (d) drowning oneself in pseudo-culture (i.e. Hollywood movies, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Disco Dancing, etc). All these things and more go hand-in-hand with a materialistic way of living. And in that case, people lose sight of the real sweetness of life and instead get caught in degenerated values. This then blocks their psychic development as they get sucked into the depths of crude attraction. And that is exactly what Baba is warning about. Baba says, "Materialism is most dangerous when it tries to suppress mental expansion, when it creates obstacles in the transformation of mind from crude to subtle - when it blocks the passageway of human development from the graceful beauty of the mind to the spiritual sweetness of the soul." (6 August 1982, Patna) Thus in the so-called developing world where people are giving up their local sentient ways of living and adopting the mass movement toward materialism, then their finer sensibilities get lost entirely.
Even then, the common people see the glitz and glamour of materialism and they think what is wrong. They see the rosy lipstick, they see the care-free way of living, they see the chic clothing and they think-- 'I must get that'. This happens to so many innocent people day-in & day-out, especially in the "third world" nations. Already most of the "first-world" population is so plunged in materialism that they cannot even begin to find their own heart. They have lost their mind and souls and they will have to undergo the karmic reaction. And then there are a few who were fortunate enough to more or less escape the tangled web of materialism. But now the whole mass of "third-world" nations is taking that treacherous journey down in the dungeons of materialism thinking it to be heaven. When in fact nothing could be further from the truth since that very materialism will lead them into the shackles of animals life or worse. That is Baba's warning. Baba says, "If someone even after attaining a human form forgets Parama Purus'a and keeps moving with eyes closed in that case...such a person will be degraded and gradually reborn as an animal, plant, etc." (SS-11) Hence Baba warns us that if one closes their eyes-- i.e. adopts the pathway of materialism-- then they will degenerate and suffer on that path of negative pratisaincara, being reborn as a lowly animal or worse.
Here the key point to remember is that one will get a new body based on their standard of mind. So if one passes their entire human life involved in crude pleasures and degenerative activities, then naturally the mind will become one with that debased way of life. In that case they are sure to degenerate drastically and be reborn in the sub-human or even inanminate world. Baba says, "In human society there are many people whose mentality is somewhere between that of forest primates and that of humans. Some have just evolved from animal life to that point, in the process of pratisaincara; while others have reverted to that point from a more developed human level, due to their mean thoughts. If they continue to allow mean thoughts to dominate their minds, they will degenerate to the even cruder stage of inert matter, becoming bricks, stone or wood." (AMIWL-8) So being reborn as a piece of stone etc, is not just part of the Hindu dogma of reincarnation. Rather, it is part of our AM spiritual philosophy and is deeply related with the science of mind. Because Baba guides us that according to the nature of one's thinking-- according to one's standard of mind-- one will get rebirth. And in the case of a materialistic bent of mind that is wrought with sexual lust and crude desires, then that rebirth will be lowly. See here Baba's warning. Baba says, "Suppose a person does something wrong physically or mentally, and imbibes a set of sam'ska'ras. According to the previous sam'ska'ras he was a human being, but according to the newly acquired sam'ska'ras he is reborn as a dog. The progress or degradation of the human mind has a direct effect." (AMIWL-11) Thus one will get a body according to their mental outlook. So lowly thinking practically means being reborn in a crude form like that of a pig, mule, or even as ashtray or spittoon. So the karmic reaction (karmaphala)-- ie the fruits of one's deeds-- from living a materialistic life thrusts one on the path of destruction and demise. One will become totally degenerated. And unfortunately that is what will be the consequence to all those in "third-world" nations who get duped into the ways of materialism. Just like it has happened and is happening to the "first-world" populations. Such is the terrible tragedy that they will encounter. And we too should also be careful because in this cycle of action & reaction no one is spared.
So from top to bottom it has to be recognised that materialism leads to the demise of one's entire existence and brings about one's complete degeneration. People utterly forget their internal divinity and just accept lustful ways as the theme of life. Baba says, "Materialism tends to forget that the crude physical body and its vital energy are not the whole of human existence-- that the most priceless assets of human beings are their psychic wealth, their spiritual treasures, and their most beloved entity, Parama Purus'a, the Lord of their life." (NSS: Disc 18) Thus we should never allow ourselves or anyone else to fall into the clutches of materialism, rather through spiritual talk, kiirtan, and sadhana we are to goad their mind into the more subtle realms so they can make a link with Parama Purusa.
By Baba's divine grace He has bestowed upon us the perfect pathway and the only answer to today's troubled world. Coming onto the path of AM and reaching His lotus feet is the way of humanity. May we help everyone realise this at the earliest. Baba says, "There should be a happy blend of spiritualism and materialism. Matter is nothing but the crude manifestation of spirit. Spirit is the essence of matter. When the struggle between the so-called spiritualism and materialism will reach its climax, it will pave the path for "Ananda Marga". Thus Ananda Marga is a historical necessity." (A General Guidebook for Ta'ttvikas) Namakar, Divyajyoti
In our Ananda Marga we certainly subscribe to the theory of karmic law, action-reaction, & reincarnation. But we do not follow it to the dogmatic end of Hinduism. Because although we understand that good actions bring positive reactions and bad actions beget negative reactions, we do not adopt the Hindu theory that the goal is to get good reactions by doing good actions. This is nothing to gloat over and this type of cheap approach is not our way. Rather in Ananda Marga, we follow the devotional ideal that fruits of each and every actions is to be offered at the alter of the Supreme. So we do everything for Baba, never wanting anything for ourselves, neither bad nor good. On a related note, even if one does good actions and gets the good reactions, then even then one is enraptured with their unit 'I'. And one may egotistically think that, 'I did many good things and am therefore great because I will get many good reactions'. In that case one's downfall can occur anytime. In which case they will undergo the negative karmic reaction. So the only way out is the path of AM, where we do everything with the sole and only desire of pleasing Parama Purusa and we offer the fruits of our deeds unto Him.
******************************************** Ancient History
Baba says, "In ancient times, with the beginning of civilization, the sages used to look upon the various manifestations of nature as the play of one God and they composed hymns for that god. When they used to sing in the name of U's'a, Indra, Parjanya, Ma'tarishva', Varun'a, that singing was called sa'ma. At that time script had not yet been invented, so the disciples used to learn by listening to the verbal teachings of the guru. These were all words of truth, words of knowledge and since they were words of knowledge, since they elevated the uncultured human beings towards the light of culture, they were called veda, or knowledge." (SC-2, p. 93)

If Getting Abused by Non-Margiis

To: AM-GLOBAL From: "Phoenix Chapman" Date: Sat, May 22 2010 16:57:46 -0700 Subject: If Getting Abused by Non-Margiis Baba
Namaskar, When doing the dharma pracara of Ananda Marga, we must expect to receive criticism and abuse from non-margiis. It is going to happen. Here's the story of what happened when I forgot this above truth. The other day, a margii brother in my unit came over and then we went to our program to present the views of AM. There was a lot of backlash from various attendees. People from different backgrounds vociferously opposed us. It was now what we expected. The program concluded and we were not sure what to think - did we do something wrong? We did sadhana for about 40 minutes and then referred to Baba's divine discourses in order to gain some clarity and understanding. Then we came upon the shloka, "Nindantu...". It was then that all our frustration and confusion melted and we understood why we faced so much heated opposition. Please take this as a reminder. All of us in AM should keep Baba's below teaching in mind. Then we will be able to move ahead without hesitation and do His work - without this understanding we are bound to get frustrated. Baba's words act as a panacea that clearly alerts to what lies ahead and keeps us inspired to move forward courageously on the path dharma.
Nindantu niitinpun'a'h yadi va' stuvantu....
The following are a selection of Baba's divine explanations of the above shloka. Baba says, "Let those well-versed in ethics criticize me or praise me, as they so desire; let Laks'mii, the goddess of wealth, either be gracious enough (because of my activities) to reside in my house, or, if she prefers, go elsewhere; let death visit me today or decades later. It makes little difference to me. Wise people will never withdraw from the path of ideology, the path which they accept as their ideal." (NKS, Disc: 2) Baba says, "The sha'stras say that a person must stick to his ideals irrespective of whether he receives praise or abuse, whether wealth comes or wealth goes, whether he lives a thousand years or suffers death the next moment. Such a person is called “dhiira”. My direction to you is to be dhiira. You must stick to your ideals in spite to everything. In this lies your spiritual growth." (AV-1) Baba says, "If I am too concerned with those who praise or censure me, I will not find time to do my real work. As I have come to this world only for a short period, my only concern should be to keep on doing the duty the Lord has assigned to me. And while doing this allotted duty, I should remember that I belong to Parama Purus'a. I have come form Him, and I will have to return to Him – and to do that, I must complete my allotted duty." (SS-12) Baba says, "What am I going to do regarding the mission of life? If logicians and philosophers condemn me, saying, “That is a very bad man,” let them say this. Or if, due to my movement towards my goal, a certain portion of society appreciates my action, let them appreciate it – it won’t affect me. I won’t be assailed by such appreciations. And if, due to my action, Laks'mii (Laks'mii is the mythological goddess of riches) comes and resides in my house, it is good. If Laks'mii says, “No, I will quit you forever, I won’t remain with you.” that is, you will have to suffer from poverty, let Laks'mii quit my house: And if, due to my course of action, du to my ideology, Pluto, that is, the god of death, comes and says, “I’ll take you,” let Pluto do it! I don’t care! Or if, due to my course of action, due to my ideology, I am forced to live here for an indefinite period, I am ready to live here. You know life becomes boring if one lives for a long period, but I am ready to undergo that boredom, that monotony, for the sake of my ideology." (AV-12) Thus we should all strive to inculcates His above teachings into our own lives. Then we will always hold firm to ideology and not be deterred when confronted by problems and troubles. We will have the strength and awareness to proceed on - irregardless of the consequences.
By His grace, those adhering to the path of dharma are always victorious. And in the end the world realises their great contributions, regardless of how much they were vilified earlier. That is the natural law and Baba's divine proclamation. Hence, we should never be deterred or feel frustrated when facing abuse from non-margiis, just we should move ahead sticking to our ideal, knowing that victory is assured. Baba says, "You should build a new human society at the earliest possible moment. Regarding those who are likely to create obstacles in your path – let them do so. You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers, the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit: “Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle.” This means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law. And at the same time you should also remember this simple truth: that in a jungle the number of tigers and lions is always few; the jackals far outnumber them. Yet in the jungle the tigers and lions reign supreme, not the jackals. The jackals are sure to howl, that is their nature; but the tigers and lions will not be frightened." (AV-6) Namaskar, Phanindra

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