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How to Improve Sadhana: Part XI

Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:46:07 -0000 To: From: Pierre LeTour Subject: How to Improve Sadhana: Part XI Baba "Tumi je path diye giyechile priyo, se pathe a'jo surabhi rayeche..." -2781 Purport: Baba, even today Your sweet aroma remains lingering on that path-- on the path which You have traveled. Baba, the songs which You sang so beautifully in tune and rhythm, those very songs are ever-present in the deep core of my heart. Their lingering resonance still vibrates my entire being. O' my dearmost Baba, I cannot ever forget Your blissful tales; it is impossible for me to forget. Your divine advent in my mind is far more significant than hundreds of lives of sadhana, & its penance. Baba, You are the most meaningful thing in my life. By Your grace, You have presented Yourself after my hundreds of lives of searching and longing. Baba, even if You do not remain close to me, my mind does not go far from You. By Your grace I always remain ensconced in Your blissful ideation. Baba, keeping all my longings for You in my heart, I will go on singing Your divine songs day and night. Baba, by Your grace You have made me understand this truth: That to do any extraordinary task is impossible for those who have a dry heart. Only those with innate love for You will be able to climb over the insurmountable mountains. Others cannot because in each and every sphere of life Your grace is everything. Without that nothing is possible. Baba, by Your own qualities You have bound me with Your divine love and by Your grace You always keep me under Your shelter. Baba, Your sweet and charming aroma keeps me thinking about You constantly...
Namaskar, We know that nowadays the trend of so-called movement is from west to east. No doubt fake yogis in the west are copying and downgrading the ancient yoga tradition of the east. But far greater numbers in the east and in the so-called less developed nations are emulating all aspects of western pseudo-culture and lifestyle. Because most think that the western nations and in particular the US are the top of the world. On the crude display of money and false advertisments innocent people get led into this dogmatic belief that the so-called first-world nations are number 1. Of course for Ananda Margiis, we know well that Baba's way is greatest thing. Whatever Baba has directed then that is the best plan-- in every field of life. Using His standard as the measuring rod, then those countries whose traditional ways more closely resemble the approach of AM then they comparatively better. Whereas those nations whose ways are opposite to AM style, then their status is a step down. By using this simple formula then we can get a clearer picture. Of course the main goal here is not to prove one country as being better than another. But rather to get all persons on the planet moving collectively in the right direction-- towards the path of dharma. For instance let's just take a practice which is done around the globe, such as bathing.
In point #6 of Sixteen Points Baba has given the most perfect, the most scientific, and the healthiest way to bathe. In that way He beautifully directs us that:
"Bathe should be done according to the prescribed system." (Point #6 of Sixteen Points)
Ands while there are many do's and don'ts of His prescribed bath system, some very basic ones include that: 1. Bath should be taken on a daily basis; twice daily in hot season; 2. Water should not be more than the body temperature; 3. Bath should be done from a sitting or kneeling posture. At a minimum, these are some of the essentials regarding taking a proper bath. And when done properly according to Baba's entire system then bath has innumerable benefits: (1) Freshness; (2) Shaoca (inner and outer cleanliness); (3) Strengthens glands; (4) Energizes upper cakras; (5) Enhanced blood circulation; (6) Mental Sharpness; (6) Overall positivity by attracting positive microvita; (7) Spiritual zeal; (8) And so many more benefits. Then by looking west and east and seeing how they bathe we can easily get a look at which nations are moving in the better direction-- that is closer to the perfect ideal of Ananda Marga. Because sometimes those feeling inferior have better practices but due to their inferiority complex they feel they should be like the dominant so called first-world countries of the west. Thus as Ananda Margiis we should eradicate such differences and open the doors for all to follow Baba's unique system of dharma. Here follow then is a brief look from west to east.
For much of the modern era, France was looked upon as King of western (pseudo)-culture and all were emulating the France's glorified stance. And while there are many ways to measure, just on the point of bath we can see how far France was leading the way or not. Here it is a straight-forward race because if nothing else the common French citizens were and are notorious for not taking baths at all. Of course not all were like this but that was the general trend and various French citizens were vocal and proud of the fact that they did not bathe on daily basis. Sometime bathing only twice a week. So by our common judgement we can see that this is not at all proper. Likewise in the US, although bathing is done comparatively more frequently than in France, but it is done with blistering hot water-- and nearly always from a standing position. So these two distinct drawbacks lead to numerous problems in life from damage to the reproductive organs to mental lethargy to improper hygiene to spiritual dullness. In comparison the so-called third world countries of the east and other lands follow a much more refined and healthy bathing system. Of course even then there are exceptions such as some individuals who do not bath regularly nor properly. But overall, such as in India, the common citizens all bath every day. And the traditional way is with cold or less than body temperature water, and various mantras and salutations they do. And not just India but numerous other simple countries follow a traditionally more natural bathing process that is better for the body and mind than what the high-powered western countries do. Even then nowadays throughout the east and various third-world nations, much of the common mass is deeply interested in following the crude western approach to bathing using a stand-up shower and hot water etc. As they think that this will make them more respected or more civisilised. So this is the dogma they sadly suffer from. And not just on the point of bath but on innumerable points are like that where the comparatively simple and better ways of the east get dwarfed by western pseudo-culture. So all this is a mess. And as Ananda Margiis are duty is to respected and encourage the dignity of one and all and simultaneously bring everyone under the dharmic umbrella of Ananda Marga. So on the point of bath and in all respects people should be brought under Baba's divine shelter and shown the proper way. As always everyone-- all sadhakas of AM are warmly invited to share their own experiences about western and eastern nations and well as the dharmic teachings of AM.
Here following then are some of Baba's direct reminders and teachings. In the following quote Baba is impressing upon us the need to bath using a sufficient scrubber, not just soap with the bare hand. Baba says, "Due to the accumulation of dead protoplasmic cells, a bad smell arises in the body. The reason for this is not taking a proper bath and washing away the dead cells." (MVNS, p. 56) Here below Baba is guiding us that during hot season and other times when needed, bathing should be done multiple times a day. Baba says, "Due to the secretion of smelly hormones, an unpleasant odour is emitted from the body. Everyone should take a bath at regular intervals to clean the body." (MVNS, p. 56) In the following quote Baba is giving a special health remedy for children and senior citizens and at the same time reminding us that under no conditions should the bath water be warmer than body temperature. Baba says, "When children are massaged with oil and then bathed in sun-warmed water it increases their vitality. Sun-warmed water is also beneficial for older people, however for older people it is not good if the temperature of the sun-warmed water is greater than the temperature of the body." (SC-3, p. 105) In various other places Baba also guides us that for healthy adults taking a cold bath is best.
Baba says, "The man who is intelligent should, from his very childhood, move along the path of proto-spirituality. The sooner a man starts and moves along this path of psycho-spirituality, the better it is. He is the blessed one." (AV-12, p.75) Namaskar, Prakash
As everyone is aware, here following is Baba's basic guideline for bathing. Baba says, "First pour water on the navel. Then wet the region below the navel by splashing water from the front. Then pour water from behind. Thereafter pour water on the crown of the head in such a way that it trickles down over the backbone. Then bathe all over." (CC-3, p.1) Then of course Baba has also given other points such as (a) Using a proper cleansing agent, (b) Using a scrubber, (c) Using cool or cold water, (d) Bathing in a seated position, (e) Not using hot water, (f) Not using artificially scented soaps etc. Plus, of course, afterwards we are to recite our "Pitr Purus'ebhyo namah" mantra along with the proper mudra(s).
***************************************** Real Wealth
"Ya'jinavalkya asked, 'What would you like?'" "Maetreyii replied: 'Yena'ham' na'mrtasya'm' tena'ham' kim kurya'm'" "'What will I do with things which will not remain with me permanently? Of what use are the objects which will not establish me in immortality?...'Please give me that thing which will remain with me permanently, which I'll be able to preserve forever, which will establish me in immortality. I don't want anything else.'" "Then Ya'jinavalkya gave her a number of instructions, upon which a major part of Raja Yoga is based'." (AV-7, p.44) Note: As described in the above quote: Really, worldly things cannot remain with us very long. That is why ideal people run towards Parama Purusa. Being Parama Purusa and Guru, Baba Himself has guided us how to reach Him. On this point, we are extremely fortunate to at least have gotten the path. Now our main duty is to follow it.

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