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Solution: "See The Bright Side"

From: Satiish K Bhatia"
Subject:  Solution: "See The Bright Side"
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 06:53:33 +0530


"Toma'r a'sa'-ja'oya' hoy na' kabhu, prabhu ekatha' jeneo na' ja'ni..."  -
P.S. 274


 Baba, You always remain with me & with everyone eternally; that is why
it is said that Your arrival and departure never happens. I am aware about
this eternal truth, but even then I do not know and I remain forgetful. I
know this very thing but also I do not know.   
  Your welcoming and Your farewell are not possible because You are
eternally present. This is such a mysterious thing that I know and even
then I do not know. I do not like to believe. Sometimes I think You are
near and sometimes I think You are far. That is my misunderstanding.   
  Baba, You have created this world in such a way that when anything is
flourishing or blooming that very time the seed of destruction is hidden
within. In due course it perishes. This type of divine play is going on in
this cosmic cycle, eternally.   
   On the one side with Your two eyes You saturate everyone with Your love,
and on the other side from Your third eye the flame of fire is coming which
burns everything. In this creation of Yours the sweetness of effulgence is
always accompanied by the black shadow of death which falls gradually. But
in this entire divine play You are the black shadow and You are also the
effulgence; You are everything. Baba Your welcoming and farewell never
happens because You are omnipresent...

            == SOLUTION: "SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE" ==

With 2010 drawing to a close and our organisation now riddled by problems
for 2 long decades, as a family we must critically understand what we must
do to right our ship. This letter offers some thoughts: "We must see the
bright side."

Every Ananda Margii is aware that Baba guides us to "see the bright side of
everything" (See Note 1). And while the phrase seems to be quite simple,
still there remains some basic misunderstanding about this by a few persons.
Let me explain further.

                       SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE MEANS

                       ROOTING OUT ALL DOGMAS

In dharmic fashion Baba sets the tone that in our AM we are to see the
bright side of everything and side by side oppose all sorts of dogmas,
exploitation and wrongdoings in order to guide the society on the proper
path. However a few people in their confused & superficial way cannot grasp
how this is all working together. So instead they foolishly reason that
seeing the bright side means not pointing out the negativity in society, or
not fighting against injustice. But this is just their daydream.

For greater clarity then we should see Baba's practical working style and
other related examples to best understand the inner sense of "see the
bright side". And we must learn that by this very system we can clean
the organisation as well - ridding it from dogmas and groupism. That
is the need of the hour as 2011 is now upon us.


In one regard it is just like how parents view their children. Proper
parents always see the bright side with regards to their children's growth
and development. With love and affection they see everything; they never
overlook the lesser qualities. And by this way they are seeing the bright
side and watching out for their child's welfare.

For example a mother may think, 'Okay my child has 80% very good things but
to help them improve and make them more bright certain aspects of their
life need correction.' So the mother lovingly tells her child, "Don't be
lazy. Study more. Go and prepare your lessons." All those things she tells.
By this way she identifies and addresses the defective behaviours of the
child. All done with the benevolent motive to correct those wrong habits
and thus increase the brightness of her child. Means this is seeing the
bright side.

Whereas 'seeing the negative side' means if anybody does not want to make
someone else better, then they will only abuse others with the intention to
put them down. Many persons do like that. But this is very bad and this is
not at all working hand in hand with seeing the bright side. (See Note 2)

That's why Baba guides us that we should have a sympathetic opinion
regarding the person to whom we are dealing. And then find out their
mistake, and remove that.


The whole spirit then behind "seeing the bright side" is to rectify the
defects in order to build up a seamless and vibrant society. And who is not
aware that the present humanity is suffering from many ailments. So in
dharmic fashion Baba exposes all the various problems and ailments that
are present in the society. Such as dogma, negativity, exploitation by
capitalism, crudity of communism, and many more things. Baba is
highlighting the fact in bold letters that now society has very little on
the good side. To rectify the situation, Baba guides us to think in a
pointed way and remove the disparities and exploitation. Then society's
brightness will come and shine more and more.

Hence by seeing the bright side the main intention is to fix the problem.
To make others aware about the defect and address and repair it. And make
the situation better and better. So in AM our aim is to fix society's
various problems. And toward that end Baba has also graciously given the
solution to each and every problem as well. So ours is the practical approach.

In contrast, those who just criticize and abuse others without ever
offering any solution-- that approach is negative (See Note 3). And no
well-intentioned person will do like this.

For example, a mother doesn't only criticize her child. Rather the mother
instructs, "Don't be lethargic and negligent about your health & hygiene.
Go and take bath." So here the mother's basic point is: 'don't be lazy on
the point of cleanliness'. So this is not mere criticism. Because
immediately following comes the direction to go and take a bath. And by
that way the child will be clean. So the intention of the mother is to
improve the child's condition. This is seeing the bright side.

Similarly if someone says that "My neighbor often gets himself drunk and
may one day hurt himself. We should help him." Out of a feeling of concern
if someone talks this way about their neighbor, then that is not a negative
action. Rather, it is positive. Because the person wants to make their
neighbor better-- he wants to see his brightness more shining. And in that
way a solution has been given to help him.

Likewise people wash their clothes with the same positive motive-- to
remove the stain and make their clothes more fresh. So finding out the
stain does not mean one is seeing the negative side or indulging in
anything detrimental. Rather by taking the time to remove the dirt one is
making everything brighter and more clean.


And of course the top example of all is Baba's role during Dharma Samiiksa.
There, in historic fashion, Baba goaded so many sadhakas unto the path of
supreme beatitude by lovingly pointing out their defects and mistakes.
And in this way those devotees moved ahead with increasing speed toward
their cherished Goal.


So in this process of "Seeing the bright side", the benevolent motive is
the main factor. Whereas those seeing the dark side criticize without the
intent to help. That is where their approach is wrong and completely

For example, take the case of the communist's approach (See Note 3).
Communists always try to blacken the name of the capitalists by telling
about their negative qualities like greed etc. But the communists' approach
is completely wrong. These communists are a prime example of those who see
only the dark side. They see the negativity, abuse the capitalists, but
they don't have any solution. They don't have any solution or positive way
to fix the problem and elevate the standard of society. Just out of their
self-interest they are tall talking about other's black spots. By this way
those who do not understand get befooled by those communists.

A related approach happens with political parties in the democratic system
as well. In the US, mostly Republicans but Democrats as well, such party
leaders only aim is to sabetage the other party's programs to make them look
bad. This manner has nothing to do with "seeing the bright side."

Likewise, nowadays the various group camps in the organisation are endlessly
involved in underming and and mudslinging one another. The reason their
manner is mudslinging and not "see the bright side" is because heir only intention
is to put the other group down and gain the power. Righting the organisation by
following ideology is not their way.


Whereas our true approach in AM - Baba's example - is not like that and the
directive 'See the bright side' works in a completely different way.

Regarding the defects of capitalism Baba outrightly exposes the
short-sighted, materialistic, and selfish nature of capitalism. And side by
side He provides the Prout-- which is the perfect solution. Because by
implementing Prout everybody will become healthy, and everybody's face will
be shining with joy. Because step by step the physical problems will
vanish, the psychic ailments will be identified and solved, and by this
will people will be able to advance in the field of spirituality. And thus
build up a strong and healthy God-centered society.

So all around, Ananda Marga's teaching is ensconced in the motive of
welfare: By pointing out the injustices and negativity, fixing the problem,
and leading the whole society along the path together to the final

And that is what we must do in order to rid our Marga from groupism: Identify
the problem and solve it by implementing Baba's neo-humanistic teachings.

                        BABA'S BLESSING

Hence the supreme spirit of "See the Bright Side" is imbibed in each and
every moment of Baba's working style and is embedded within the entire AM

Thus as Ananda Margiis we are living in the world, and our duty is that we
should help clean the society and make it better. Likewise we are living in
this organization (AMPS) so our duty is to not overlook the wrongdoings.

Rather, we should find out the problems and fix them. If something is not
going according to Baba's teaching then we should rectify that. By this way
our organization will be better and better.

By properly following the inner spirit of Baba's divine guideline of "See
the bright side" that is the only way to move ahead and build up a healthy
and vibrant society free from exploitation.


NOTE 1:              SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

During countless DMC gatherings and on other auspicious occasions
Baba graciously recites the following Sanskrit shloka in giving His
blessing-- the central idea being: "See the bright side of everything".

       "Sarve'tra sukhinah bhavantu sarve santu nira'maya'h;
      Sarve bhadra'n'i pashyantu na kashcid duhkhama'pnuya't.
             Onm' sha'ntih onm' sha'ntih onm' shantih


Here below Baba points out that if someone only indulges in
pointing out the negativity in others without any benevolent intention to
build up their character then that is very harmful and wrong. That is 100%
against the spirit of seeing the bright side. Please read the below examples.

Baba says, "In many cases the behaviour of teachers is far more despicable.
Even after studying volumes of books on psychology teachers deliberately
hurt the sentiments of their students with offensive remarks. Instead of
trying to reform the bad habits of their students, they assail their minds
with caustic language." (HS-1, p.8)

Baba says, "There are many teachers who wound the sentiments of a student
by ridiculing either his caste or his father's profession saying, "The
plough suits you better than the pen, my boy," or "You had better join your
father at the potters wheel." Even today such utterances come out of the
mouths of many teachers." (HS-1, p.8)

Baba says, "If a student is ugly there are teachers who will grimace and
say, "Your intelligence is like your appearance." In addition to all these
offensive remarks, many teachers adopt other methods of torture and
intimidation while presenting their lessons." (HS-1, p.8)

So in these above examples those misguided teachers are not acting
according to  the spirit of welfare. Hence their ways have nothing to do
with seeing the bright side.


We have seen how communists only indulge criticism after criticism
without any practical intention to remedy the situation.

Baba says, "Those who are leftists in the world are even more
dangerous...they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects
of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society's
festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores--
rather they exacerbate them, because the very puss of these sores provides
them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only
wealth on which these [leftists] subsist." (PNS-10, p. 24)

             Uniqueness of Ta'raka Brahma

Baba says, "A Maha'kaola is one who makes others kaola by his infallible
spiritual guidance. But Ta'raka Brahma is a different Entity, a unique
Entity for He is the spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, Kaola, and
Maha'kaola, all in one. He is also something more: He acts as a compass in
every stratum of society." (NKS, '97 Edn, p.50)                 

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