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Concept of Satan in Ananda Marga

Date: Jul 08 2011 19:39:21 -0700
From: Reynolds_HT
Subject: Concept of Satan in Ananda Marga


PS Intro: This song symbolizes the holy advent of Mahasambhuti. When He comes He infuses His divine vibration throughout each and every pore of this expressed universe-- in which case everything blossoms into something positive.    

In this present era, the divine vibrational wave which Baba has emanated through His varabhaya and januspharsha mudras is transforming everything. Now we are witnessing the divine results of this across the entire planet. Everyone's whole way of thinking is changing from dogma-centered to God-centered. People are becoming neo-humanistic. This grand transformation is going on everywhere; it is not limited just to our AM society. Rather the entire globe-- all human beings-- is involved.  

This below song represents the grand idea that when Taraka Brahma comes then there is a holistic shift of consciousness. Negative people become afraid and good people rise up courageously and become firm on the path of dharma. This type of grand transformation is taking place right now, by Baba's grace. And that is exactly what this song says.

"Esecho nat'araj anekdiner pare a'j..." (PS 4595)


 O' Nataraj, O' Lord, after ages and ages You have come today. It is Your grace. O' Dhurjat'i, Your matted locks are dancing so beautifully. In all the three lokas, in the three realms, the demons are fearful and panic-stricken.

 O' Divine Entity, by Your grace You have transformed everyone. Those who were sleeping, those downtrodden who were neglected and humiliated in the world, those without respect or recognition in the society, and those humans who were feeling defeated and sunk in woe-- they have all become awakened due to Your auspicious advent. By Your grace their drowsiness has been smashed. They have gotten new life. Now they are full of happiness and joy. O' Lord, You are so gracious.   

O' Divine Entity, Your drum, bugle, and horn are resonating all around. In all the ten directions and across the entire horizon, Your victory call is resounding. O' Prabhu, the feeling of dharma has been aroused among all. Everyone has understood what is vice and what is virtue-- what is dogma and what is rationality. By Your grace the people have experienced a shift of consciousness. Their outlook has become dharmic and spiritual. O' my Lord, by Your grace the eclipse of the moon has been removed. Now the darkness is gone. You have made everything positive.
O Lord, You have done everything for us; I do sastaunga pranam at Your alter...


An Audio File, "What is Positive Microvita", has been uploaded to the AM-GLOBAL Blogsite. That audio file is Baba's voice of the the main quote that is repeated twice in this letter where Baba tells what is positive microvita.

In the various religions, they believe in their chosen God, and, side by side, they believe in the existence of Satan, i.e. an equally, all-powerful evil entity. In their view, Satan is as powerful as their God and involves only in negative dealings.

In our Ananda Marga it is not like that. In our system, there is only one, singular, all-powerful Divine Entity. Parama Purusa is the controller of everything; there is no Satan or all-powerful Evil-doer. Parama Purusa controls both vidya maya and avidya maya. Everything comes within His domain. That is what Baba describes in His below teaching.

Baba says, "“Kevalaḿ jiṋánamurttim”. What is the meaning of “kevalam”? “Kevalam” means “the only entity”, the “non-dualistic entity”. That is, in His realm, in His jurisdiction, there is no second, external entity. There is no scope for any Satan to be there, that is, there is no Satan. He is everything. He plays with His vidyámáyá and avidyámáyá. That is kevalam. Kevalam means “the only entity”, “the only existence”. And when one becomes one with Him, one is said to be ensconced in “kaevalya”. Kaevalya means “nirvikalpa samádhi”. That is when one acquires kevala-hood, that is kaevalya." (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 3, Guru Pranama)

According to the perspective of Ananda Marga, Parama Purusa is the only all-powerful  Entity. There is no #2 force such as Satan. Everything - good and bad - is controlled perfectly by Parama Purusa.


There are some in AM who think that microvita interferes with each and every action - as if nothing can be done without the approval or support of microvita. They think that microvita imposes its will on the life of each and every sadhaka.

Taking it even one step further, some think that they even can be cursed or tortured by negative microvita. For them, negative microvita acts as a type of Satan.

So there are two distinct views:

1) Some jinana oriented sadhakas feel that microvita helps, interferes, and harms people in all kinds of ways. They attribute everything to microvita - either positive microvita or negative microvita.

2) Then there are bhaktas who feel that Parama Purusa is doing everything. They think that there is no intermediary force between themselves and Parama Purusa. He is the sole controller and everything is His liila. Such bhaktas feel that only His grace is needed; there is no need for the support of microvita.


In AM, there are all types of sadhakas; people of all walks of life enter the Marga. That is why Baba has given a diverse range of teachings to attract people with all kinds of interests. Some are attracted to certain aspects of Baba's teachings and others are interested in different aspects of our AM way of life. It all depends on one's mindset.

For instance, some like to study abstruse elements of AM philosophy like the book "Idea & Ideology", while others are more interested in doing kiirtan, bhajans, and sadhana. Thus some are attracted towards the more challenging parts of AM ideology while others have almost no interest in philosophy and spend their time in social service and devotional pursuits.

In our human society there are people in all stages of human evolution, and Ananda Marga ideology covers this entire range. In a phrase, there is something for everyone.

For those who have great interest in microvita theory and other difficult topics, then they may view everything according to the existence of microvita - but they should be careful not to start viewing negative microvita as a type of Satan. And for those who are more inclined towards simple, devotional concepts, Baba has told them that microvita is nothing.


Indeed that is why in His discourse 1988 discourse, Propensities and Pramá, Baba spoke as follows:
हम जिसको "positive microvitum" कहते हैं, दरअसल यह क्या है जी ? यह तो परमपुरुष की कृपा है | हम तुम लोगों को हँसाने के लिए बोलते हैं "positive microvitum" |
Baba says, "That which I call "positive microvitum", in reality what is it? Nothing but the grace of Parama Purus'a. I use the term "positive microvitum" to make you laugh." (1 January 1988 DMC, Anandanagar) 

So it is very clear that for the jinanis and intellectuals of AM, they should preach the philosophy of microvita. It is a veritable science and course of study. At the same time Baba has given devotees a different outlook. Both are important and valuable.


Here the point is not that which way is greater or higher, and which way is worse and lower. That is not the aim of this letter. The point is that everyone should follow what best suits their own mind-set. One should act accordingly.

Baba has explained the workings of this universe in all kinds of ways to match diverse and varied mind-sets. The only point to wholly reject is the existence of Satan. No one should start mixing up negative microvita with Satan. Beyond that, all can choose an outlook expressed in Ananda Marga that appeals to them.

It is the same as how some may be excited to join VSS whereas others dislike VSS and prefer HPMG, where they can sing bhajans, kiirtan and perform social service in that manner.

Indeed, Baba has given all kinds of social service activities and projects. Some like one way and some like another way. The central idea is that according to one's mindset one should proceed.


At the same time we should all keep in mind that Baba is the controller of all microvita. His divine grace is everything.
हम जिसको "positive microvitum" कहते हैं, दरअसल यह क्या है जी ? यह तो परमपुरुष की कृपा है | हम तुम लोगों को हँसाने के लिए बोलते हैं "positive microvitum" |
Baba says, "That which I call "positive microvitum", in reality what is it? Nothing but the grace of Parama Purus'a. I use the term "positive microvitum" to make you laugh." (1 January 1988 DMC, Anandanagar) 



Baba says, "This has been our failing: that we neglected the spiritual faculties of human life, we neglected the cardinal spiritual points of life. If we are interested today in the welfare of this beautiful universe, we should try more and more to accelerate the speed of spiritual progress. If the acceleration of spiritual progress becomes tremendous, then not only in the human world, but also in the physical, psychic and spiritual spheres of the entire world -- and not only of the entire animate world, but of both the animate and inanimate worlds -- there will be tremendous progress. And this is what we want. Now we are anxiously waiting for that crimson dawn on the eastern horizon." (AFPS-5)

Note: Generally people do not realise this very thing which Baba has explained above. To understand this fully it needs agraya' buddhi (pointed intellect). Only those who are blessed sadhaka can understand that sadhana is the panacea. ***************************************

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