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Asanas: Points Never Revealed Before

From: "Girish Nath Biswas" To: Subject: Asanas: Points Never Revealed Before Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 22:33:41 +0530 Baba "Sakal duya'r khule dile prabhu, va'ta'yan-pathe a'lo elo..." {P.S. 2429} Purport: Baba, by Your grace You have come and opened all the doors and windows, and from that a huge effulgence has started pouring in. From the eastern horizon the crimson dawn is visible. The darkness is fast fading away. Baba, in the past there was a domination of dogma and groupism all around. Countless superstitions and negative samskaras were dancing their naked dance. But now, with the presence of Your divine effulgence, in the blink of an eye those dogmas and negative things have disappeared. And the beings of darkness have dissolved into thin air. I do not know where they have gone-- just they disappeared. Baba, with Your love and discipline You are keeping everyone under Your divine shelter. O' Baba, You are caring for everyone...
Namaskar, The Ananda Marga asana system given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji is totally new and revolutionary. In the past no yogi or rishi could offer such teachings. Only our Baba could reveal the inner secrets behind the asana process.
Here are two of Baba's guidelines from His publication, Yoga Psychology. "The process of controlling all the cakras and propensities was invented by Astavakra over two thousand years ago." (YP) "This effect of a'sanas on glands and sub-glands has never been revealed before." (YP) If these quotes are confusing to anyone or if anyone feels they are contradictory to one another, then here is the explanation. Otherwise there is no need to read further.
The first statement says that long ago the great yogi Astavakra somehow discovered that there is a way to control the cakras and propensities. In this statement, there is no mention of asanas nor the scientific manner how they affect the glands and sub-glands. Rather the key terms employed are cakras and propensities. And there are any number of yogic practices - kiirtan, sadhana, diet, fasting etc - that help a sadhaka gain control over various cakras and their corresponding vrttis or propensities. Thus there seems to be a distinct gap in terminology between the two statements, but even then there is much more to the issue. Suppose a young man has dysentery as there was no other food around he ate curd and by that way his dysentery was cured. In that case, in an unplanned manner, he found a remedy for dysentery. Without any rigorous research or intuitional powers, he got the point that curd helps cur dysentery and in turn he started propagating that solution. But at the same time he may not have known the exact scientific manner that the curd positively affects the biological digestive system and how it acts as a cure. In short, he did not know the how's and why's. All he understood it that it was an effective remedy. Here the point is that by one or another way the person got the answer about curd without necessarily knowing the anatomical and physiological reasons behind how curd impacts the human body. Indeed, it might take a huge amount of time and a big laboratory to find out how and why the dysentery was removed - i.e. what was the chemical reaction in the gut. Only he knows that the curd helped. So there are two things: (1) Discovering the right medicine itself and (2) the scientific knowledge of how the medicine impacts the human body and mind. Most of the ayurvedic medicines are created in this first manner. By trial and error or even by chance, people discover a medicine for a certain ailment. Same is the case with so many present day scientists. They do research and find that a particular behaviour may be the critical cause of a disease like Alzherimers etc, but most often they do not know the scientific explanation and processes involved. It may take decades and hundreds of years to figure out exactly how Alzheimer disease is caused. In a similar way Astavakra came to know that one can control the cakras etc, but how it is done and how it affects the glands sub-glands he did not know. Yet it is this latter point that provides the full rational explanation.
Let's take another common example. It is akin to having the ability to drive a car yet not knowing how the brakes work. People know how to use the brakes but they cannot explain how they function, i.e. how the brake shoes create friction on the spinning wheel and ultimately stop the vehicle. Same is the case with honking the horn; people know how to use the horn but they cannot explain how it works. Hence while it is certainly true that Astavakra discovered ways to control the cakras and propensities - whether it be satsaunga, sadhana, food, daily thinking, or particular asana etc - but he did not necessarily understand the science behind how asanas affects the glands and sub-glands. It is just like how thousands of years ago villagers knew that by throwing a rock at a fruit tree then a piece of fruit will come loose and fall down. But it was not until centuries later that someone discovered gravity as being the force behind it all. In both cases, the result is the same: The fruit is falling but the villager does not know the theory of gravity; similarly, Astavakra knew that asanas were helpful but he did not know what true effect they had on the glands and sub-glands.
So although yoga asanas themselves are ancient, those yogis did not know the inner workings. They did not know how asanas, like bhujaungasana, create pressure and / or depressure on a certain region whereby the corresponding glands then secrete specific hormones and by that way the vrttis get positively or negatively affected. So the new thing which Baba has given is the inner working of the glands and subglands. This bigger science they did not know; it takes a bigger scientific-cum-intuitional mind to understand the matter of glands and subglands.
Now, for the first time in human history, in His revolutionary manner, Baba is revealing the inner science about how asanas affect the glands and sub-glands. He has told about asanas and the subtle way in which they affect the glands and sub-glands. Baba remarks how our AM philosophy is the first to ever explain the way asanas affect the glands. In the past, so many yogis were practicing asanas, no doubt, but they did not know the way those asanas affected the human structure with respect to glands & sub-glands. And the answer is that each pose applies pressure and depressure on various cakras, glands and sub-glands. Hence, there appears to be no contradiction in these two statements: (a) "The process of controlling all the cakras and propensities was invented by Astavakra over two thousand years ago." (b) "This effect of a'sanas on glands and sub-glands has never been revealed before." The fact that 2000 years ago Astavakra came to know, by some experiment or circumstance, the technique to control the cakras and propensities does not in any way undermine the fact that Baba is the first to reveal the inner workings of asanas and their effect on the glandular system. The above two statements are not mutually exclusive. Namaskar, Girish
****************************************** Animals or Humans
Baba says, "Those who have established themselves in their spiritual being through the practice of spiritual cult are the real human beings. Others, who do not move on the subtler and sublime path of spirituality, and behave like animals, are humans only in name. Human beings alone have the privilege to do sa'dhana'. Animals, because of their intellectual deficiencies, are unable to adhere to the spiritual cult..." "Human beings, on the other hand, have the capacity to develop even in the spiritual realm. Those who do not pay heed to this special gift are animals, nay, even worse than animals. Animals are unable to make efforts for their spiritual development, whereas humans do have this ability." (SS-24) Note: Modern medical science classifies everyone with a human body as being human, but according to Baba's above teaching all are not human. In the above guideline Baba differentiates how and why.

Re: Stand of Ananda Marga on Burning...

From: "Will Chaucey" To: Subject: Re: Stand of Ananda Marga on Burning... Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:19:17 +1000 Baba
Note: The link to part 1 is at the bottom of this email. Namaskar, As we reflect further on the scene created by the threat to burn the Koran (Quran), here are more of Baba's teachings and citations on this critical matter.
As a brief review of the initial letter on this topic, there are a few main points: 1) We should not hurt anyone's religious sentiments; 2) We should not suppress, repress, taunt or terrorise any religious body as that leads to a greater backlash by their followers; 3) We should harbor a sense of love for all - we are all kith and kin, we all come from the same Source, all are the children of Parama Purusa - and engage respectfully in any difference that might arise, with the idea not to condemn, but to bridge the gap in understanding. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji Baba's below teachings perfectly complement these aforementioned ideas.
As the chief aim of Ananda Marga is to create one human society, then we espouse, that margiis and non-margiis alike, must engage in respectful and dignified interactions with people of all castes, creeds, and nationalities etc. When talking about or referencing any religion, there must not be the slightest hint of condescension nor should one joke in a manner that hurts another's sentiments. This will only create animosity, revenge, hatred and violence. Such an outcome will undermine our aim of social harmony and spiritual growth. Here Baba outlines our approach in His books, Human Society - Part 1. Baba says, "Read any so-called religious book: one will seldom find anything resembling tolerance of the religious beliefs of others. I am not saying that one should accept whatever people say, but surely non-acceptance and intolerance are not the same. Why is there a mania for refuting the views of others anyway? If necessary, different views can be compared and presented in philosophical books. The philosophical and psychological loopholes in an argument may be pointed out without being disrespectful. But is the attempt to insult others indicative of magnanimity? In so-called religious books there is a greater tendency to refute the religious doctrines of others than to propagate one’s own ideas. Observing all these machinations, genuine theologists cannot hold religion in high esteem." (HS-1; i.e. Human Society - 1, "Moralism") In review there are two further issues that come to bear. Firstly, we should fall into the trap that plagues the religions wherein they just resort to criticizing one another. Secondly, in a respectful manner, it is important to discuss and review the philosophical defects so as to bring one and all onto the proper path. If we adhere to the above tenets, then no one will threaten to burn the Koran, or Bible, or Talmud and no one will smash any religious idol. Nor will gigantic statues of the Buddha be destroyed as the Taliban did years ago in Afghanistan.
At present, society is developing fast and if in that process people lose interest in things like idol worship - due to their heightened state of mind - such that those statues, idols and religious memorabilia has no use for them, then should not be crushed into dust but rather preserved in a museum. "It is worth noting that even if in any country all the people without exception give up idolatry, the spiritual aspirants, who follow the principles of brahmacarya, will preserve images carefully in museums out of appreciation for sculpture and aesthetic taste. They will not destroy these beautiful works in any circumstances. Destroying a work of art also results in the destruction of the sense of subtle appreciation, and this is in no way proper." (Guide to Human Conduct, Chapter: Ahimsa) We must not destroy idols at any cost rather we are to always preserve them and not attack anyone's religious sentiment. Baba says, "A perusal of history shows that the antagonists of idolatry have, on many occasions, destroyed beautiful temples which were unique examples of architecture. They destroyed the beautiful images which represented the expressions of sculptural art. All these acts are extremely violent, because they cause severe pain to the idolaters, and consequently the idol-worshippers adopt an obstinate attitude towards idols even though they are fully convinced that idol-worship is futile. As a result, not only is the spiritual progress of the idol-worshippers hampered, but the progress of the whole human society is retarded." (Guide to Human Conduct, Chapter: Ahimsa)
One of the greatest hurdles we face now is a lack of unity - and it is unfortunate that till now the religions have been a major contributing factor to this problem, as Baba outlines below. Baba says, "Dogmas have taken root in the human mind. People cannot get rid of these false ideas because they have been injected into their minds since childhood. As a result, one human society is divided into different nations, and one nation is divided into different religions; religions also have different castes, and caste also have different sub-castes – what kind of situation is this? We have only learned how to divide and subdivide humanity, and we never learned how to unite the people. This is all due to the defective teachings of dogmas." (AFPS-9) Baba says, "There are a variety of religions in the world formulated by different propounders. But instead of enhancing the spirit of unity in the human society, these religions have actually increased disunity and mutual conflict. How many wars have been fought in the name of religion? So, far from being a unifying force, religion should be seen as a cause of disharmony." (A Few Problems Solved - 2) Baba says, "Those who indulged in vain criticism and slandering instead of trying to remove the factors dividing the human race, created even more problems for society. That’s why there is more disunity than unity in the human society today." (AFPS-2)
By following Baba's precepts, there will be peace, respect and harmony among all. Baba says, "Remaining together is natural for you, and to remain disunited is something unnatural. You know well that unnaturality is not tolerated by Prakrti. Unnaturality is ultimately destroyed. So it is natural for human beings to live together and to make a great Universe. By not doing so, and by mutual fight, all will be destroyed. This is the law of Prakrti. Hence, united you will have to remain, this is your duty. So that the people of the world may remain united, it is your duty to bring the Mahavishva as soon as possible. There will be peace and happiness in the Universe, and, established in one indivisible ideology, humanity will march ahead toward the Supreme Goal. Victory be with you!" (Discourses on the Mahabharata (AMPS Publications) Namaskar, Vinay
Here is one critical aspect for us to know - it explains why heated debates like the Mosque being built near ground zero has come to the fore. In every democracy, the party not in power wants to gain the power. If any party not in power has a better policy to attract the common people in their favor, i.e. if they have a benevolent plan to resolve their miserable situation, then they will propagate their plan to attract the public and get their vote. Whereas any party not in power that does not have any positive plans or programs then they will resort to negative and dirty sentiments to bring the public in their favour. That is why this Islamic mosque and Koran issues were brought forth. Why did they use this particular sentiment? Because Christians are in the majority in the US, so if you rally people around the Christian sentiment then they may forget their economic anxiety. With unbridled emotion they will support their ploy. And that is what we see happening. And when the President's name itself is Barack Hussein Obama, then they can escalate the issue by saying that party is dominated my a Muslim leader. The republicans raise the banner: "Terrorists are Islamic; the President is Islamic; all the problems are related with Islam. Get rid of this president by voting in our favour and the problem will be solved." Terrorists did not just attack the Twin Towers yesterday. The Twin Towers tragedy happened nearly a decade ago. In these nine years, the mosque issue (i.e. proposal to build a mosque near ground zero) was not such a wild and nasty affair. Because earlier the Republicans were ruling. Since the Twin Towers attack, 2010 represents the first time an election is going to happen when those Republicans are not in power. So this negative sentiment was used to stir the people. But in creating this negative sentiment now with the Democrats in power, the Republicans gained political clout and rattled the present administration. However such a hate campaign spilled over into one pastor threatening to burn the Koran. It went beyond the boundaries of Republican control and riled people, like this pastor, to take harmful action. That is why Baba warns us that we should never rally people around a negative sentiment as it does not bode well for society. Even then, the Republicans are pleased with their recent ploy. Those in power never wish to disturb the peace, but the party not in power always tries to wreak havoc on the country - especially during an election year. In that sense the Republicans got what they wanted. And of course, top capitalists are involved and giving financial support in order to help rile the masses and arouse their sentiment against the present US administration. So here what is the teaching of Prout? 1. In a democracy, the common public can be misguided by any sentiment. The above situation is the proof. That is why any democracy supported by adult franchise is foolocaracy. Because age alone does not give a person the requisite viveka to vote properly. Democracy, however, is OK if the voters have a socio-political consciousness. 2. Capitalists manipulate the common masses by shaking hands with religious leaders to create problems in their favour. 3. In His discourse Nuclear Revolution, Baba says to never raise any negative sentiment. It is harmful and destroys all peace and tranquility. It can tear apart communities and invite bloodshed. This is a very dangerous path for one's petty gain. But manipulators resort to such tactics without a care. HERE IS THE FIRST LETTER OF THIS SERIES:

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