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Clash Between Wts & Margiis-- Why??

To: AM-GLOBAL From: Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:45:37 Subject: Clash Between Wts & Margiis-- Why?? Baba "A'mi toma'r tare kichu kari ni..." (P.S. 1344) Purport: Baba, I never do anything for You. But You have graced me and lifted me from the dust where I was lying. And You have kept me in Your lap. I never pay heed to Your call but You always grace me with Your compassion. You have granted me everything with Your two full hands. You have blessed me with Your overflowing heartfelt love. You have done everything for me, big and small. I do not know anything which You did not do for me. My entire existence-- physical, psychic and spiritual-- from small to big, everything You have arranged for me. Baba, it is Your causeless grace...
Namaskar, More and more clash is erupting between margiis and wts, yet to bring welfare to society it is the need of the hour for there to be mutual respect and coordinated cooperation between family margiis and wholetimers.
While there may be many supposed reasons for the tense climate between margiis and wts, the root cause is the decreased standard of our wholetimer cadre. Some may quickly react and say that it wrong to just blame the Dadas etc. But those with a balanced mind will recognise how in the past under Baba's direction our wts were chasing after dharma but now so many of our wts are chasing after the lust of post, power, and material gain. From the top chair in AM to big Swiss bank accounts to the fanciest of i-Pods, these are the things so many of our Dadas are gunning for these days. With their mind in that condition, it is no wonder they are unable to inspire new margiis or guide old ones. Hence the deterioration of our Marga. Hence, their fall is the real problem. Here again, some may proclaim that unjust blame is being placed on Wts. But if we remember correctly, in Baba's time He always placed maximum responsibility on wts. They were responsible for nearly all problems in the Marga because as the leaders of the society they were in charge of making sure all were following the tenets of dharma. For this reason, Baba always rebuked wts more than margiis. So now with the terrible degeneration of top Wts and their cohorts, then the root cause of the problems fall squarely on their shoulders. They are the cause.
Who can forget that the whole of Ananda Marga is based on the grand pillars of sadhana, service, and sacrifice. This is the divine ideal Baba has placed before us. Baba says, "It is action that makes a person great. Be great by your sa'dhana', by your service, by your sacrifice." (Ananda Vanii #20) And for decades under His direction our Dada were the living manifestation of this dharmic approach. So it is these pillars that must be maintained and those at the helm are responsible for doing so.
Unfortunately, at present, so many in AM have been swayed by the prevailing winds of the general society. And as now we are in the height of the vaeshyan era, those values have also crept into the Marga such that ever our sannyasis are regarded for the wealth of the purse & post-- not for the wealth of devotion and sacrifice. That is the tragedy that has befallen our Marga. And we have all witnessed numerous cases of this malady. For example, many Dadas these days are given respect based their post and groupist affiliation, or on the type of i-Pod they have, or for their laptop, bank account, video player, or so many crude, worldly things. And this makes those Dadas run after more and more post, power, and material wealth because they think this is the key to their garnering prestige & success. But rather than bringing prosperity to our Marga, it leads to the degeneration of our AM society. That is why Baba strongly warns us against falling into the crude ways of the present vaeshyan era. Baba says, "Vaeshyas do not like to tread the path of desireless action in order to make their minds one-pointed and realize God. They avoid or usually try to avoid the real purpose of dharma, for they do not have any sense of or feeling for spirituality other than some degree of fear of God. If this fear decreases, they begin to behave like mean-minded demons. In such a state of mind they can commit any type of sin to satisfy their hunger for money [post & power]." (HS-2) Tragically, this has happened to many of our wts. With Baba no longer in physical form and due to their extreme lack of sadhana, such debased wts really feel that Baba is totally gone-- in which case they need not worry or be fearful of His scolding. Thus they feel they are free to run after their crude desires of post, power, and material gain, without any concern or second thought. Because they know their bosses are doing the same thing and internally they fell Baba is gone. Hence there is no pressure-- neither external nor internal-- to follow dharma, thus causing still further degeneration of mind. Baba says, "A mind which runs after money [post & power} moves in very crooked ways. Although this movement involves intense effort, due to the crudeness of its objective the movement cannot be straightforward: it is crooked, extremely crooked." (HS-2) Such is the sorry state of affairs nowadays in AM. Our Dadas have just turned into power mongers and mega capitalists. You know who they are and I think there is no need to mention names here. At the same time, we cannot say all have fallen. Tragically, those good wts-- and there are many of them-- who really do follow the true sannyasi way of life have just been kicked and disregarded. They struggle for their very survival and are teased and chastised for being so "pious". Yet it is these Wts who are really worthy of our honour and respect.
Years ago, our grand slogan, Ananda Marga Amar Hai, was raised on every street corner. And it means Ananda Marga is eternal and victory to Ananda Marga. And it was true then and still it is true today. Because the real Ananda Marga is all about sacrificing for the Goal and the great cause of dharma. Those who do that inevitably get victory, no matter the odds. Unfortunately, that spirit of sacrifice is totally absent in the upper echelons of our AM society as instead those top Dadas and their followers are just self-indulgently chasing after power, post, and material wealth.
How far margiis are 100% perfect in dharma is another matter. But surely they are comparatively better as they must adhere to some basic social norms to maintain their lives whereas without the fear of God in them, our Wts have just become loose canons in society, just like those ruling vaeshyas or worse. That combined with the fact that Baba has always placed more pressure on Wts to mold the society-- indeed that is the only reason for their existence-- then it only stands to reason that they must bear 99.9% of the blame for the current deterioration of our AM society. They are the cause of today's clash in AM. Everyone is requested to kindly comment on this assessment.
By Baba's grace we should only respect those wts who live according to the real sannyasis code of Ananda Marga. Only then are worthy of our respect and admiration. In this way, those power hungry & millionaire wts will be exposed for who they are, and for what hell they have created. Baba says, "They were engaged in constant warfare among themselves. There were no ideological principles involved; it was all motivated by personal ambition and imperialistic lust." (AV-17) Only those who personify the true ideals of AM and are able to lead the society in the proper way. Baba says, "The a'ca'rya should give direction and guidance in every work, big or small. When he is to impart any duty to anyone, he should be strict, strong and exact, like a diamond. He should never consider social position, wealth, rank, etc." (AV-31) Namaskar, Parashram
The spirit of sacrifice is such a dharmic pillar of AM and Baba has beautifully expressed the greatness of one's sacrifice in His below story which has been printed in Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 31. If one iota of the type of sacrifice exemplified in this story was present in today's Marga, all our problems would be over and ours would be the true path of dharma.
Svarńanakula Kathá: “Tale of the Golden Mongoose” 25 February 1966 evening, Jamalpur
Yudhisthira was performing Rájasúya Yajiṋa.(1) Kings, courtiers, men and women from all over had come to witness the great performance of King Yudhisthira. Shrii Krśńa was also present there. Suddenly a mongoose entered the place of the yajiṋa. Everything about this mongoose was unusual. Half of its body was golden, but the other half was like that of any other mongoose. The mongoose started rolling all over the place, and repeatedly rubbed every portion of its body to the earth of the place. People around were awe-struck – what was the mongoose doing? And then as if to bring its wondrous actions to a climax, the mongoose stood up and yelled in a very disgusted tone, “Useless! Absolutely useless is this yajiṋa! Nothing compares with that yajiṋa which I had the fortune to attend. Futile is all this here!” And he left the place. People there were so taken aback that they just could not believe all that had happened. With expectations of some explanation of the mystery surrounding the mongoose, people looked eagerly at Shrii Krśńa. Shrii Krśńa then said, “Long ago I heard about a certain very pious family. I had a desire to test their piety. The family consisted of a father, a mother, their son and the son’s wife. The father would go out and ask for alms from the people in the area and whatever would be got out of this, the whole family would share it. “Suddenly there occurred a famine in the area. The father was not able to get anything in alms for days together. On one of those days of hardship, when it was sure that if nothing could be gotten, that day itself the entire family would die of starvation, the father was able to get a handful of chátu.(2) On returning home he gave the chátu to his wife and said, ‘All of us are so hungry, and this much chátu is hardly enough for one of us. Better therefore to divide it into four parts; otherwise I know in hunger I would definitely eat more and you would willingly offer me others’ shares too! And so, by the time you make a paste of the chátu, I will finish my bath.’” Shrii Krśńa continued his narration to Yudhisthira and the people around, “The old man was about to finish his bath when I reached there and said, ‘I am so hungry! Please, if you have something, give it to me or I will die right here!’ “The Brahman and his hungry family were in a similar condition, but pious and righteous that the old man was, how could he say that there wasn’t any food? So he said, ‘Yes, we have something for you. Please do come in.’ “I followed the old man to the house. I was offered water to wash myself and then a proper seat was given to me. The old man then went into the next room and said to his wife in a low voice, ‘God has sent a guest to us, but the food is so little! I think my share should be given to the honourable guest.’ “At this his wife said, ‘What do you mean? I know well that you are very weak. If you do not eat today itself, you will not survive. And you are so important to the family. Not your share, but my share, should be given to the guest.’ “Hardly had the mother finished when the son said, ‘[I am very young.] But both of you are old and weak. I can very well live days together without food. So I will take my food to the guest.’ “And immediately the son’s wife added, ‘I am the youngest of all and so can tolerate hunger better than anyone. So to save the life of my elders, my food must be given to the guest. Let’s not delay, he is waiting for his food.’” Shrii Krśńa continued, “And so there was quite a fight for the first sacrifice, though knowing full well that a sacrifice here meant death. Finally, no solution coming up and the guest getting delayed, the old man said, ‘Now look here, this is my order. My food must be given to the guest.’ So the old man’s share of the cha'tu was brought before me. “I was so hungry that naturally I finished that small amount of food within no time. The old man understood that my hunger was not satisfied. My host then brought his wife’s share to me. This too I finished and looked hungrily at my host. The son’s share was then served to me. This I also gulped down, then asked, ‘Haven’t you got anything more?’ And then the share of the son’s wife was also placed before me. This satisfied my hunger. “I then thanked the noble old man and his family and blessed them, Kalyáńamastu [‘Let there be welfare’], and left the place. “Some time after my departure, the members of that great family died of starvation. “There in that very house lived this mongoose. He saw this great sacrifice, this great yajiṋa. Seeing all this, he was moved to his very depths. He was overwhelmed. He prayed, ‘O Great Lord! You gave me birth as a mongoose, but you have also shown me such a great thing! Lord, how fortunate I am, how blessed I am to have seen this great yajiṋa!’ And with great feeling, he rolled on the floor of the room. All those portions of his body that were touched by particles of chátu lying on the floor turned golden. But about half of his body did not. “Since then, whenever the news of a great sacrifice or yajiṋa reaches him, he definitely goes there and rubs his body on the earth of that place so that the other half of his body may also turn golden. But as yet such a thing has not happened to him.” Shrii Krśńa concluded, “He heard somewhere that Yudhisthira was performing a great yajiṋa. So he came here too. But as his body did not turn golden, he was disgusted to see what was just another show of sacrifice. And so he said, ‘Useless, absolutely useless is this yajiṋa.’” [Bábá then said:] You know, the measure of sacrifice is not its quantity or its grandeur. A sacrifice should always be measured in terms of the circumstances in which it has been rendered. [Bábá then asked:] Which character in this story is the greatest? [After a pause Bábá said:] The old Brahman is the greatest – for he is the one who made the others in his family so great! (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 31)
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Baba says, "Qualitatively donkey's milk is almost the same as human mother's milk. Because of this, those babies who in their infancy have lost their mothers, as a substitute they can be given donkey's milk." (S.C., discourse no. 160)

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