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Re: 'I do not Belong to and Group'

From: "Girish Nath Biswas"
Subject: Re: 'I do not Belong to and Group'
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:51:22 +0530


              == 'I DO NOT BELONG TO ANY GROUP' ==

                                 ~ PART 2 ~

In light of the swirling events taking place in our organisation this
letter addresses those dedicated WTs who are trying hard to remain clear
of all the groups.

It certainly is noble for Dadas to proclaim, 'I do not belong to any
group', yet, as stated in the initial letter on this topic, all too often
we see how such Dadas fall prey to groupist activities - often unintentionally.
That is the unfortunate reality.

                               GROUPIST AGENDA:


One of the inherent flaws of groupism is that for their own survival and
growth, all the groups are committed full-time to the propaganda of
their groupist agenda. They want that maximum people should attend their
groupist activities like the dogmatic Mahaprayan program, the crude
Jamalpur tiirtha program, and their own celebrations etc, etc; plus they
want that their chosen Fake Ananda Vanii should be recited, and not the
other group's Fake Ananda Vanii. Indeed each group has so many dogmatic
proposals and propositions that directly contravene Baba's teachings,
and all the while they want to drag maximum followers into their camp's
ritualistic approach.

That is the way groupism works - we have all seen it.

Their basic premise is: 'Anyone not pulled into my group will get pulled
into the competing camp'. Knowing this, such groupists anxiously 'go
fishing' after anyone not directly labeled as being a member of their
group. To this end they apply extreme pressure, coercion, financial
incentives, and victimisation tactics.


So if any Dada announces, 'I do not belong to any group', then they will
be immediately subjected to huge pressure by the various groups. And not
only will that Dada be pressured, but his diiksa bhais as well. Because
every Dada comes complete with an entire string of initiated margiis.
And naturally the competing groups would like to swallow up those
margiis as well.

Thus enormous pressure is applied to those sincere Dadas who declare, 'I do not
belong to any group'. And it is not easy for such Dadas to withstand
such pressure.


Tragically, what happens most often is that those Dadas who proclaim, 'I
do not belong to any group', they end up following some or all of the dogmas,
because they need to survive. They need money, they need food, they need
their support, they need a place to sleep, they need so many things.
And with not enough sadhana or ideological spirit to keep them strong,
they may invariably participate in so many groupist activitiesm, even when
in their inner heart they wish to stick to Baba's ideals.

Such Dadas might attend the dogmatic Mahaprayan program, read Fake Ananda
Vaniis, or help taint BP elections according to groupist policies.
At other times they become proponents of scriptural distortion, and they
participate in dogmatic Jamalpur tiirtha activities etc.

So in the end, those Dadas-- who valiantly claim 'I do not belong to any
group'-- get absorbed into so many groupist dogmas. Indeed, they do not
just participate in one faction's programs, but rather they follow the
agenda of every group to some or more degree. All done in the name of not
belonging to any camp. They are trying to keep neutral but in that attempt
they get caught up in various activities.

This is the tragic state of some of those Dadas who say, 'I do not
belong to any group'.

However, each and every day more and more are able to stand strong. This
is one good development.


In Ananda Marga, we follow dharma and we do not belong to any of the
dogmatic religions. The proof of this is that we participate in all
kinds of universal programs and never attend any dogmatic religious

But what if we were to become regular attendees of Christmas mass, Durga
Puja, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Easter, Eid, Visakah Puja, Rosh Hasanah etc. If
in the name of not belonging to any religion, we attended ALL those
dogmatic religious holidays could we still proclaim, 'We do not belong
to any religion'. Certainly not.

Because the reason why we do not belong to any religion is because our
way of life is totally independent of those dogmatic religious
ceremonies, beliefs, and programs. We only follow the path of true
spirituality and dharma as given by Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.


Naturally then, when any Dada says, 'I do not belong to any group', then
it should mean that they are not part of any groupist activities. None
at all.

Yet, the unfortunate and common outcome is that some Dadas participate
in many of the dogmatic groupist functions. To "prove" the fact that
they are not partial to any group, they: (1) Read all the Fake Ananda
Vaniis, (2) Attend various group sponsored events, (3) Accept money from
all the groups, (4) and so many other nonsense things.

Indeed, they are constantly exploited, used, and abused by all the
leading factions.

In that case, can we really say that Dadas 'do not belong to any group'.
In their heart of hearts they may wish to keep away from groupism, but
in the current organisational climate, it is not easy. So we have to
help such Dadas as much as possible as they wish to stand on the
ideological principles of Ananda Marga.

Rather the claim can be easily made that they are involved more so because
they follow all the dogmas of all the groups, not just the dogmas of one
particular group. Again, this happens not because it is their heart's
desire but due to circumstance.


Here below Baba points out the inherent defects of groupism.

Baba says, "Motivated by socio-sentiment, one group harms and exploits
another group in the social, economic, cultural and religious spheres."
(NH-LOI, Disc: 7)

And this is exactly what we see happening in our Marga. The various groups
along with their affiliations are constantly hammering on each other and on
general margiis.

And those Dadas who proclaim, 'I do not belong to any group', they are
most often in the middle of all of this. They want to be free from all
groupist activities - but it is not easy. In they end, they begin
dragging margiis to one group's dogma, and sometimes dragging their diiksa
bhais to group sponsored Prout meetings, or to one or another faction's
seminar program etc.

This, sadly enough, is the way it works. Again such Dadas want to follow
dharma and implement Baba's teachings, but in this present climate it is not
easy for Wts to survive without some type of community or structure.

Thus when any Dada pronounces, 'I do not belong to any group',
then we should watch carefully to see whether they are following the
dharma of AM or some groupist policy agenda. And we should aim to help
them be strong in their values.

Here the point is not to condemn anyone per se, but rather ensure that
we ourselves do not get lulled and yanked into any groupist program by
someone who says, 'I do not belong to any group'.

All in all this is a big topic, and I certainly hope others will come
forward to discuss this most important issue. Because it seems to be
going on in all the sectors.

                        BABA'S BLESSING

By Baba's grace we will bravely overcome today's groupist struggles and
follow the dharma of AM. In our own individual lives, we must be adamant
to only adhere to Baba and not any groupist agenda. Then by His grace,
step by step, our entire AMPS society will become pure and clean once

Baba says, "The dharma of all human beings is one and indivisible, and
that dharma is bha'gavata dharma. Establish yourself in that dharma and
your victory is assured." (AMIWL-10)


                           PRABHAT SAMGIITA

"Priyatama ama'r ghare eso a'loy purn' kare..."    - P.S. 3776


 O' my dearmost Baba, please come to me and fulfill my ago-old longing.
Please grace me and satiate my desire. Please come with Your sweet smile
and with Your heart-rending most attractive lips. Pleas grace me and
fill my heart.
 Baba, I do not want anything from You; I want to surrender everything
unto You. I only want to offer You. I want to ensconce in Your tune and
melody. I want to move on that path which is the most pleasing for You.
  I want to involve in Your shravan, manan, japa, niddhidhyasana, japa
and dhyana. In the past I wasted a lot of time running after imaginary
things-- mirages. I was chasing after & following many dogmas--
temporary and ephemeral things, thinking that they are permanent shelter.
  In the past I was involved in spreading various dogmas: Thinking that
someone is low and someone is high, creating disparities &
differentiations, giving unnecessary importance to temporary and worldly
things etc. By this way so much time and money went in vain. My whole
life went in this way.
 Now by Your grace I have understood that only You are the eternal
truth. Baba, please come to me; I want to surrender...

                       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.

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