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Idiots' Logo

Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 20:44:12-0400 To: Subject: Idiots' Logo From: JULES Baba "Toma'ke peyeo pa'i na keno..." (P.S. #2056) Purport: Baba, I feel in my heart that You are along with me, but even then I do not feel satisfied. I want more and more of Your proximity and presence. So please come in my mind and heart. Please remain along with me in a very intimate way in all my works. Grace me so that I can feel your eternal presence always-- with more & more closeness and proximity. Baba You know that my existence is because of You. My life is proceeding on by Your grace; my everything is based on You. Day and night I am deeply engaged in the work which You have allotted me. I am divinely intoxicated in the ideation of the songs which I have made into a garland for You. So Baba please come closer and still more close. Indeed You know the language of my heart- my inner feeling & sentiments. O' Baba, how much love I have for You. Baba, please grace me and please do not play Your liila of hide and seek. Please do not remain inaccessible...
Namaskar, The Prout logo displayed on the "official" Ananda Marga Prout website continues to use the term "self-reliance". We have to evaluate how far this term is an appropriate representation of our Proutistic ideals. Here everyone should be perfectly clear that Baba Himself did not design this Prout logo. This logo is the brainchild of certain webmasters or Prout Dadas etc. Those in charge of the website can best tell who specifically designed it.
The history of the term "self-reliance" traces back to the American transcendentalists, and in particular Ralph Waldo Emerson. Their philosophy of relying on oneself and not trusting or helping others, was born out of their reaction to the church. Those days the Christian church was guiding all aspects of life in a very dogmatic manner. In reaction, such transcendentalists, like Emerson, created their own dogma of self-reliance. Theirs then is a reactive approach that focuses on dogma, not spirituality. In Ananda Marga, our Proutistic vision is grounded in neo-humanism and bhagavad dharma where we espouse high ideals. Prout was not given merely in opposition to church dogma etc. In Prout, we have our stand based on Baba's lofty ideals and teachings.
The meaning of self-reliance is quite evident: self = unit or individual; reliance = depend upon or rely on. Hence, "self-reliance" refers to extreme individualism where one need not care about others. One need not help others; nor are others going to help you. You are totally alone. Such is the perspective of self-reliance. This is their so-called society: Depend only on oneself and be ready to exist alone.
The way of "self-reliance" then is purely about oneself - that's all. There is no need to care about others. So if anyone is downtrodden, sick, elderly, pregnant, or disabled then one need not care about them. Just care about yourself and do not care about others. It is a doctrine of strict individualism, i.e. selfishness. In other words it is extreme capitalism, the defining doctrine of selfishness. Just one should care about oneself and all others should be independent. People of this mindset are kicking their elderly grandparents and parents out from their homes. They are even abandoning their own children and spouses. Just they are living alone. Even children are kicked from the house and live in foster care due to this extreme selfishness of self-reliance. This is not a fairy tale. In any metropolitan city this happens and it is rampant throughout the west. In many cases, all family members are living separately from one another. They do not care about each other.
So self-reliance is not at all compatible with our Prout philosophy; self-reliance is the poster boy of capitalism. Self-reliance means extreme individualism devoid of any service mentality. In Prout, Baba teaches us that our social duty is to help others. Baba says, "What is society like? It is like a group of people going on a pilgrimage. Try to imagine the scene! Suppose one of the pilgrims is struck down by cholera. Will the rest of them continue on their way, leaving the sick man behind? No, that would be inconceivable for them. Rather, they will break their journey for a day or two, and cure him of his disease. If he is still too weak to walk they will carry him on their shoulders. If some people run short of food, others share what they have with them. Together they share their possessions, and together they march ahead, singing in unison." (AFPS-6) Baba's above teaching about society is based upon universal love, cooperation, and helping those in need. Whereas the pseudo-theory of self-reliance is the antithesis of these values. Yet the term self-reliance has been glued to our Prout website in the form of the Prout logo.
In the US, self-reliance is a movement synonymous with capitalism itself. Adam Smith and the "Founding Fathers" of the USA all preached the gospel of self-reliance. And today's political environment is quick to refer to self-reliance, a.k.a. extreme individualism. For instance, in the forthcoming mid-term election in the USA, self-reliance is a big rallying point for capitalists. They have generated popular support to get rid of any and all social safety nets. The slogan is to rely on oneself alone. Nobody should help each other. That is why their demand is to get rid of programs like Social Security, disability, and all other programs which help those in serious and dire need like the elderly, homeless, disabled etc. This is the cry of some of the leading politicians in the Republican party for the upcoming election. Their entire call is based on the dogma that people should depend only on oneself. It is not the duty of society to look after anybody. Such capitalists want to establish this theory of self-reliance as it gives them abundant opportunity to exploit others. Then the poor masses can be blamed for not managing for themselves. They will be branded as leeches for going to homeless shelters and soup kitchens etc. This is the capitalist approach. Self-reliance is just one key phrase for giving themselves the right to exploit others and blame those in need. So their chosen ways of self-reliance are not at all suited to Prout; it is just one capitalist dogma. Yet, tragically, it has made its way onto our Prout logo.
Here is further proof how the term "self-reliance" is just one capitalist strategy. Many of you may have heard of the gigantic radio personality Rush Limbaugh, whose nearly every work goes against our AM way of thinking. Well this same Rush Limbaugh, who is the mouthpiece of the republican party, praises self-reliance up to the sky. In Rush's special edict, "Rush Limbaugh's 35 Undisputed Truths of Life", he heartily espouses self-reliance in his very first point. "1. There is a distinct singular American culture - rugged individualism and self-reliance - which made America great." (Rush Limbaugh) And this is the same Mr. Limbaugh who has said the following: "24. Feminism was established as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." (Rush Limbaugh) "6. The Earth's ecosystem is not fragile." (Rush Limbaugh) So this same Rush Limbaugh, who so rudely opposes women's rights and who so outlandishly lashes out against global warming, is a great proponent of "self-reliance", i.e. the selfish belief of caring for oneself and neglecting others. Mr Limbaugh is an ultra-conservative radio show host with loads of listeners. It seems that those who designed the Prout logo are also his followers.
In Ananda Marga, we know well that self-reliance is but a myth. It neight works in the spiritual realm nor in social life. The very foundation of AM spirituality is that humans are not to rely on themselves, rather we are to rely on God. Baba says, "Depend on Him, rely on Him, have Him as your only object of ideation. Nothing else is required for your spiritual salvation." (AV-5) Thus in the spiritual sphere we are to surrender everything to Parama Purusa. He is the base of life. In AM spirituality, self-reliance is a mere falsehood or dogma. Then in our social life, we know that everything in this universe is interdependent. Nothing exists in a vacuum. All are connected. Thus, self-reliance has no place in our social philosophy either. We are to readily help others and view all as part and parcel of this cosmological order. We can see then that self-reliance has nothing to do with our AM ideals is really but a dogma of capitalism. So it is a tragedy and ill-conceived plan that "self-reliance" became an integral aspect of the Prout logo on the official Prout website.
Self-reliance is a totally loaded term that espouses extreme individualism and capitalist greed. Side by side this term grossly rejects the need to provide help and services to the suffering and impoverished. It is such a blatant contradiction to Proutistic ideals and our AM way of life. It seems only sheer idiots could have possibly thought that the term "self-reliance" would be appropriate for the Prout logo. Only idiots could have gotten so confused and attempted to link this with Prout.
By Baba's grace He has given His Prout philosophy to uplift the masses and bring well-being to all. Whatever slogan we use on our Prout logo should reflect His teachings and not the talking points of capitalists, like the self-reliance theme. Our Prout logo must use terms, words, and images that wholly reflect Baba's culminating sutra about Prout.
Pragatishiila upayogatattvamidam' sarvajanahita'rtham' sarvajanasukha'rtham' praca'ritam.
Baba says, "This is the Progressive Utilization Theory, propounded for the happiness and all-round welfare of all." (Ananda Sutram, Chapter 5) Namaskar, Yogendra
To read the full list of Mr Limbaugh's so-called truths, click on the link below. His points are diametrically opposite to AM ideology. It is utterly shameful his ways have become part of the Prout logo.
Such radical republican bloggers also issue warnings like this: "Destroy the welfare state and reestablish self-reliance." When their sole aim is to annihilate all social service programs and champion extreme capitalism through their self-reliance slogan, then this stands as one more reason why we as Proutists should distance ourselves from this term and remove it from our logo entirely.
*************************************** WT Conduct Rule: Dealings
Baba says, "Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects." (Pt #2 of 'Six Additional Rules') Note: This is a very significant rule but in today's Wt culture supervisory bosses are more focused on emptying the pockets of their subordinates and using them for their groupist schemes. This is the only "care" they do. In future when standard of devotion in supervisory workers is higher, these rules are likely to be followed in which case the situation will be better.

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