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Atma' Kii Diivali

Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2010 22:01:47 -0000
Subject: Atma' Kii Diivali
From: RB_MAURYA@ecectronic...


"A'lokojval ei sandhya'y..."  (PS 1894)


 Baba, by Your grace, this effulgent Diipa'vali evening has been lit by
the lamp of Your divine love. With the sweetness of Your mind, You are that
Divine Personality who has graciously removed all the blemishes and defects
from my mental temple. By Your grace, You have made me clean and pure. O'
Eternal One, who is this Vast Entity who has graced me and appeared in my
mental sky.

 O' Baba, the planets and stars have lit the lamp for You; by Your grace
their hearts are filled with overflowing love for You. Baba You are so
magnificent. By seeing Your infinite, divine grandeur, even this great,
silver-coloured galaxy has become spellbound & awestruck. Baba, by Your
grace You go on dancing and You go on floating in my oversurging heart,
which You Yourself have illumined.

 Baba, by Your grace I have longed for You for hundreds of lives. I have
yearned for You through countless cycles of life & death; and by Your grace
I have gotten new life again and again-- always longing for You. Baba, I
long for Your love in each and every fraction of my heart. By Your grace my
mind is filled with the deep attraction of Your love. Baba, You have filled
my entire being with the light of devotion. By Your causeless grace, the
river of my mental longing is overflowing with Your divine love.

 O' Divine Entity, O' Parama Purusa, O' Baba, today You have graced me by
coming in my heart on this resplendent night of Diipavali ...


Namaskar & Happy Diipa'vali!!,

On this wonderful occasion of Diivali, may we all rejoice and celebrate
both the social & devotional aspects of this highly significant and
spiritual occasion. After all this is one of our recognised AM festivals
which is designed to bring a renewal and rejuvenation throughout one's
entire existence.


Of course Diipa'vali is not just a day celebrated in Ananda Marga.
Throughout the vastness of tantric society, Diipa'vali is recognised as
a highly meaningful occasion. That is why whether one is a vidya tantric
or an avidya tantric, whether one is an idol worshipper or one engages
in prayer, whatever type of sadhana one does, Diipa'vali is the day when
all sincerely engage in their selected practice. On this occasion, one
does more sadhana-- whatever type that may be.

At the same time, most also display fireworks in the external arena;
that is also a cultural or social aspect of this event. Because after
all 'diip' means 'light' or 'lamp' and Diipa'vali is that occasion which
is a festival of lights.

So it is a widely recognised occasion. Yet of course in our Ananda Marga
we have our own special, dharmic understanding of this great festival.
And here below Baba sweetly describes the inner significance of Diipa'vali.


As we all know in Caryacarya part 1 Baba neatly outlines all our AM
festivals. Plus in various other discourses Baba also talks extensively
about so many of these various festivals. And that is the case with
Diipa'vali also.

Before we move ahead any further it should be noted that there are
various different spellings of this occasion, depending on the language
and area etc. Suffice to say here that 'Diipavali', 'Diivali',
'Diipa'vali' and 'Deewali' etc all refer to the same wonderful festival.

And in His June 1990 DMC discourse, 'The Cult of Spirituality-- The Cult
of Pinnacled Order', Baba makes special mention of this event.

In this discourse Baba explains how this festival known as Diipa'vali is
linked with the enlightenment of the soul. That is the great
significance of this day.

Hence Diipa'vali is related with spiritual effulgence, sentientness of
thought, and all psycho-spiritual ideas that are linked with light:
Igniting the lamp of love for Parama Purusa.

And here below is the original Hindi from this discourse. For those with
the English editions of this book-- "Yoga Psychology"-- this section
comes on page 136 of the 1991 edition and on page 174 of the 1998
edition. It directly follows the two line Sanskrit shloka,
"Phalis'yatiiti vishva'sah...". Unfortunately in both of these English
editions, the proper translation of the original Hindi could not be given.

Here then is the original Hindi followed by the correct English translation:

Man ka' jo andhaka'r hai usko hat'a'na' hae.

(The darkness of the mind should be removed.)

Esa' nahin kahana' hai ki ghar-ghar men diivali,
mere ghar men andhera'.

('In each and every house there is a festival of light,
yet my home is dark', one should not say like this.)

Ghar men bhii diiva'lii honi ca'hiye.

(There should be diivali in the home)

Aor ye hae a'tma' kii diivali.

(And it is the diivali of the atma')

So according to Baba's above DMC discourse, Diipa'vali is the idea of
cultivating that inner spiritual yearning for Parama Purusa, thereby
illuminating one's entire existence with the sweet flow of spirituality.
That is, infusing one's soul with the great love of Parama Purusa.


Of course abiding by the Supreme Command, each and every Ananda Margii
does sadhana twice a day, at minimum. So it is our regular habit and
regular practice to illumine our minds and hearts with that deeply
spiritual of flow. This is Baba's grace and His great gift to all Ananda

So when the day of Diipa'vali arrives then what are we to do. We are to
dedicate even more time to our devotional practices of sadhana and
kiirtan-- enabling our existence to better reflect and capture the
infinite love of Parama Purusa. By Baba's divine grace may we all pass
this occasion in this way.


On this wonderful festival of Diipa'vali, let us once again recall
Baba's great boon upon all Ananda Margiis.

Baba says, "You should remember why You have been born. Following the
path of devotion, you will have to ultimately reach Parama Purusa." (YP,
'91 Edn, p.140)



Both the 1991 and the 1998 printed editions of Baba's famous 1990 DMC
discourse, 'The Cult of Spirituality-- The Cult of Pinnacled Order',
carry the wrong translation of the original Hindi lines. In English that
paragraph begins and ends in the following way:

"In Sam'skrta, gu means 'darkness'...there should not be a
 festival of lights...of the soul."

If compared with the original Hindi lines, it is apparent that there are
various mistakes and omissions in the English translation of this
important paragraph. That is not to say that the idea has been totally
misconveyed. But, we cannot say it is a proper translation of Baba's
words either. That is why both the grammar and the word selection in the
English editions needs to be redone according to Baba's original spoken
discourse. As this is a DMC discourse, it was given using a mixture of
the three languages (Bengali, English, and Hindi) but the special
section about Diipa'vali was uniquely given in Hindi only. And the
English translations should be made to reflect Baba's original words.


Here is one of Baba's divine songs about Diipa'vali.

"Diipa'valii sa'ja'yechi prabhu..." (PS #63)

'Baba, my Beloved, by Your divine grace I have arranged a row of lamps
in Your reception. Please grace me and come inside my heart always with
newer and new form and dress. Please come inside my heart with Your
gentle footsteps. Please come inside my mind with more song and dance.
Baba by Your grace please radiate Your sweet and tender smile-- illumine
my entire existence. Baba, by Your causeless grace please come in my
world of ideation with rhythm and new effulgence--exuding Your charming

Unruly Free Mixing between Males and Females?

Parama Purusa Baba says, "It does not require the harnessing of any
elaborate logic or reasoning to convince people that the final outcome
of permissiveness is not healthy. But it is also true that the result of
free mixing in society, without self-control, is bad...Hence, along with
the recognition of the freedom of the two sexes, a well-judged code of
self-control will also have to be associated with their mutual mixing."
(HS-1, p.35)

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