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Those Moments with Baba

Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 20:52:34 -0000
From: Jawaharlal
Subject: Those Moments with Baba


                 == THOSE MOMENTS WITH BABA ==

As the Divine Father, Baba has come on this earth to give ultimate salvation
by decreasing the distance between He and His children. He has come to create
an intimate closeness with His devotees and encourage all to come even
closer and still more close.

So despite being the Parama Purusa incarnate and the most Magnanimous One,
Baba would always create a heart-felt link with His devotees which would
automatically melt the gap between His supreme greatness and our ordinary

And one of the wonderful ways He would accomplish this was by using humour
and tender expressions with His devotees. By making everyone laugh and
smile, then sadhakas would immediately feel more relaxed and closer with
Baba. This was the very sweet and gracious way in which He would
communicate with His bhaktas.

Each and every margii has their own personal experience of closeness with
Him and by that way they could feel His sweet touch; and, those who could
not get this feeling could not remain. So every margii has their own
experience and realisation.

Following then is but one of the many highly memorable occasions when Baba
would make us all smile and laugh and thereby bring us closer to Him.
Despite our faults and despite our limitations, through His immense warmth
and love, and yes, by making us laugh, we would feel that whatever we may
be in this world, certainly we are His and He is mine. That was one of the
very special ways in which Baba would make us all feel close.

Here then is one of the scenes which I recall and others should also share
their memories also.


At one particular DMC that I attended, the huge crowd of margiis and
workers were anxiously awaiting Baba's divine arrival. The pandal was
completely full and everyone present was involved in singing and dancing
kiirtan. All were in a blissful flow and the devotional feeling was
mounting more and more as they expected Baba to come any moment.

Then suddenly one Dada started shouting and the kiirtan came to a distinct
halt. Then another Dada began raising the slogan, "Parama Pita Baba Ki!",
and everyone yelled "Jai". Again and again the slogan was raised: "Parama
Pita Baba Ki-- Jai!"

The volume and vibration of the pandal was increasing and everyone knew
that at any moment Baba would be coming. The slogan was raised one more
time and then we could all see Baba entering onto the stage. Cries of
"Baba, Baba" could be heard all around and still the slogan was going on,
"Parama Pita Baba Ki- Jai!!".

The whole pandal was charged and vibrated by His presence.

As Baba walked slowly across the stage surrounded by His entourage, He
passed His cane to one Dada and majestically sat down on the dais. Quickly
another Dada came forward to remove Baba's shoes.

As Baba moved onto the center point of the dais, one or two Dadas were
involved in arranging the side pillows of His seat. Then, for a second
time, Baba brought His hands together and gave His blessing across the
entire Pandal.

Everyone was feeling waves of bliss as Baba looked in their direction.
Then one Dada approached Baba with a mala and garlanded Baba and then did
sastaung pranam. Everyone was completely focused on Baba-- watching His
every gesture and move.

Baba then began giving some directions to a few Dadas who were by His side
and then they took leave and went from the dais.

Baba then looked out across the sea of margiis and in a smiling manner He
said, "How are you-- everything is alright?".

Then everyone present simultaneously replied, "Yes Baba!".

Baba looked to be in a very jolly mood and that heightened everyone's
happiness and joy.

Then in successive order Baba graciously performed blessings for newly
married margiis and then distributed prizes to various workers and margiis.

                    BABA'S VERY HUMOROUS REVIEW

Immediately thereafter, per the system of DMC, there was a call for
brothers kaoshikii. And Baba smiled and turned slightly towards His left
and looked over in that direction.

One Dada could be heard saying, "Dhin dhin dhin, dhin dhin..." and on that
count the brothers' kaoshikii dance began.

Of course everyone was trying their best to perform the kaoshikii dance in
a nice way for Baba; and since it was the time of DMC there was a big
crowd. And with full zeal and enthusiasm the kaoshikii dance was done.
According to everyone's capacity they danced and the whole time Baba was
smiling towards those brothers who were dancing. After a minute or two, the
call came "Halt!", and all the dancers immediately stopped.

Normally, the sisters would then be signaled to start their kaoshikii. But
on this particular occasion, Baba was smiling and still looking over
towards those brothers who had just completed their dance. So everyone's
focus was in that direction.

Then in a jolly manner and in a smiling way Baba very reassuringly spoke
the following:

"You know the kaoshikii dance displayed by the boys
was very good--
(Baba was still smiling)

"--with the exception of a few points."

Then in a charming way Baba said:

"The teamwork was not so good; the angular bending
was not so good; and, there was actually no rhythm."

Then in a jovial mood, Baba concluded:

"With the exception of these three points, it was very

Hearing Baba's sweet and humorous words, we all laughed-- everyone
laughed-- and this laughter continued for several seconds.
We were all charmed by His sweetness.

And by this way, by Baba's humorous response, we all felt relaxed and
understood in the depths of our heart that really we are His children and
that regardless of how poor our performance may be, always He loves us and
finds a way to express His appreciation. We all felt very close to Baba.
Those brothers had tried their best in kaoshikii, with whatever capacity
they had; but even then it there was room for improvement. And the way Baba
expressed that was very, very charming-- and humorous.


There are a few things we can all understand from this.

1) Baba was giving the encouragement that no one should feel dejected by
their performance and that He recognises the sincerity of their effort and
gives everyone His love and affection.

2) Baba wanted that everyone present-- whether they were dancing or not--
should improve the standard of their kaoshikii.

3) If Baba would have just appreciated the performance and not pointed out
the defect in their dance, then no one would have been aware of their
mistake and by that way those dancing and those watching would continue
their poor way of dancing in the future.

4) If Baba had only scolded these new margiis then they might think that
doing kaoshikii was beyond their reach and they also would not feel close
to Him.

5) But by Baba's special way, He appreciated their effort and guided them
for their improvement.


Really in that moment everyone felt loved, cared for, and close to Baba.
Such was the effect of His radiant Presence and special words.

Thereafter, the DMC program took its course and the sisters danced
kaoshikii and the brothers tandava and after that Baba announced, "The
subject of today's discourse...".

And always we will remember that in spite of how poor the kaoshikii dance
was, Baba found a way to appreciate their effort and everyone laughed and
felt close. So Baba has a unique way of making the entire atmosphere blissful.

                         SOME MORE REFLECTION

Baba is not only Guru but He is our Father and in His each and every
expression He is very close and sweet. How can we forget those moments.
And to this very day, whenever I close my eyes then I remember that special
time and I feel His close proximity. And that gives me the energy to move

                               BABA'S BLESSING
By Baba's sweet grace we will all realise the height of human glory and
live life divine and reach up to Him.

Baba says, "Do not forget your life; do not forget the path; the path is
very noble, very beautiful, and it is for you to know that, it is for you
to realize that, so do it from today. Do not leave it for tomorrow,
tomorrow may not come for you. Who knows? The sun may not rise for you
tomorrow. No one can say who is going to live from today till tomorrow. It
is up to Him to decide. So as long as we are here today, let us try to take
[advantage] of this opportunity and do sa'dhana' and follow dharma; thereby
you will know Him, [you will complete] the beautiful journey of knowing
Him. So let us know Him today. In this way we will be able to provide paths
for human beings to come. Animals also are marching ahead to know that
Supreme Entity. So it is our duty to make the way, to pave the way, in
order for everyone to come on this path. Realize Him. Realize that Supreme
Being within you. This is your dharma, this is your path; and let this path
be yours, and victory will surely be yours." (AV-31)


                             PRABHAT SAMGIITA

"Ke ghumiye a'che tumi ja'n, d'a'k diye ya'o..." (P.S. 2179)


Baba, as the Savior and Controller of the whole universe, You are well
aware about who is sleepy and drowsy, and who has lost the path of divine
effulgence. Baba, You know everything.

Those who have lost the Goal, You always call them and show them the
right path. Those who are crying bitterly after facing their defeat, with
Your divine compassion You graciously show them the proper path for their
forward journey-- and help them move ahead. Baba, You are the Sadguru.

Hence those who remain forgetful about You as well as those who are
always calling You with deep adoration full of longing and tears, with both
these two opposite types of people, You shower Your divine grace on all--
without any differentiation.

Baba Your grace is for everyone. But crude people are not realising that
You are gracious on them also. Whereas devotees realise. That is the

Baba, You grace everyone; Your greatness & glory is beyond explanation…

                           We Should Take Lesson

Baba says, "If one stays away from objects of attraction, one has no chance
of using them and they may thus gradually lose their attraction; while if
one is near them one may be attracted towards them more." (AMEP, 98 Edn,

Note: Reading negative articles, crude books & literature, filthy
magazines, and watching crude movies invites degeneration.

Celebrating A'nanda Pu'rn'ima'

Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 20:42:37 -0000
Subject: Celebrating A'nanda Pu'rn'ima'


             == CELEBRATING A'NANDA PU'RN'IMA' ==

Note: At the bottom of this letter are links to 4 in-depth letters about wonderful ways to honour and celebrate the grand occasion of Ananda Purnima. In addition this letter provided us with a spiritual outlook for this festival. Please write in with your thoughts.

One of the most wonderful days of the year for Ananda Margiis all across the globe is Ananda Purnima. This is perhaps the most joyous and charming festival that we have. For this is the time when our Beloved Baba has taken the vow to come on this earth as Mahasambhuti and shower us in His divine love. Ananda Purnima marks the occasion when He has taken the firm determination to infuse dynamism into our individual and
collective bodies. It is the time when He has graciously come and made the world new all over again by bestowing upon us a new ideology and a new way of living.

In turn, it is also a time - a day - when we should remember His divine teachings of Átmamokśárthaḿ jagaddhitáya ca, liberation of self and service to society. 

We should all strive to serve and please Him and incorporate more of Ananda Marga values and practices into our own lives. Whatever shortcomings we may have in personal life, we should aim to weed out those faults and take the samkalpa to become more strict in 16 Points etc.

Our philosophy is not to wait for certain days to start doing good work, so whenever the desire comes one should move ahead. But on this auspicious day we must do self-analysis and think what is lagging in our personal conduct and spiritual life and pointedly decide to improve our adherence to spiritual ideals and practices.

On Ananda Purnima we should take this blessed task upon ourselves. Human life is short so we should not be slack in any respects about yama and niyama and 16 Points.

These are some of the very blissful and practical ways to think about our Ananda Purnima festival. And as we all know this most charming festival is now upon us,
Tuesday, May 17.

                           A TIME TO SHAKE OFF THE OLD

As we live our lives, there is a tendency for things to become dreary and boring. It can happen to anyone. Because as colouful and exciting as this world is, still we get bogged down in our daily routines: Go to work; come home from work; wash the clothes; fold the clothes; pay the bills; check the email; attend to our appointments etc. Indeed, if we are not careful even our sadhana can become rote and mechanical. In that way, it can seem like we are doing the same thing day in and day out.

Firstly then this magnificent festival day of A'nanda Pu'rn'ima is a time to rid life of any dreary quality and invite a sense of wonder and vitality. That is one of main characteristics of our festivals (utsava) in Ananda Marga.

Baba says, "People often feel bored with their humdrum lives, with their mechanical routines; thus a fresh start must be created through [utsava] festivals...“Ut” means “above” and “sava” means “[[to take]] birth”; so utsava means “an occasion which gives human beings fresh inspiration to live a new life.” When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy
and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take
part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare." (AFPS-5)

Thus, this coming day of A'nanda Pu'rn'ima' is a time to break the cyclic repetition of mundane life and bring in an entire new freshness to our existence.

                       OUR SAMKALPA ON A'NANDA PU'RNIMA'

Second, we can think of this day of Ananda Pu'rn'ima' as a time to take a firm commitment to move ahead in our spiritual lives. Just as Baba has blessed us by taking the firm determination of coming into this world as Mahasambhuti; similarly, we should commit to doing something more - i.e. increasing our adherence - for our spiritual lives and His mission. Let this be our samkalpa on this day of A'nanda Pu'rn'ima'.

Because as we know, human life is an on going endeavour from imperfection to perfection.  It is the fight between avidya maya and vidya maya-- both in our individual and collective lives. So we have to expedite our speed.

Being on the spiritual path, this fight becomes even more stark. Either we are falling prey to the allurements of this quinquelemental world or we are advancing on the path of spiritual realisation. Each and every moment of our lives this is happening.

So this festival of A'nanda Pu'rn'ima' is a time for us to evaluate our course and commit to incorporating more of His divine ideas into our lives. This is the duty of each and every sadhaka. It is a time for us to leave our shortcomings behind and move forward on the divine path.

That is another way to think of this wonderful occasion of A'nanda Pu'rn'ima'.

                       BABA'S BLESSING

By Baba's grace He has lovingly brought us onto the path of realisation and service; He has infused within us the desire to do something great in life. As His disciples, on this holy day of A'nanda Pu'rnima', we should take the samkalpa to live a life that is full of His Sixteen Points-- overcoming all degrading tendencies-- and become true mediums of His teachings.

Here is one Ananda Vanii to reflect upon on this most blissful day of A'nanda Pu'rn'ima'

Baba says, "The more the honest people are firm on morality, the more the evil forces will be active against them. So all the moralists of the universe  should remain organized and confront the evil forces unitedly." (Ananda Vanii #59)

Happy Ananda Pu'rn'ima' to all my brothers and sisters of the Marga!

Baba is so gracious!



On this coming A'nanda Pu'rn'ima' day, we may ask ourselves, 'What type of samkalpa should I take?'. I discussed this with my Dada and this is how he explained it to me:

Our samkalpas will be based on blessedness and benevolence-- on how to bring
more of His teachings of Sixteen Points into our lives. So the overall theme of all of our vows will be the same, yet they may take different from one sadhaka to the next. For some who are not so strict in fasting, then this may be a time to commit to that practice. For those who need to be more regular in their asana practice, they might commit more to that. Depending on the person, the vow may take a different shape-- a different form. But in spirit, the vow will be the same: To please Baba by further advancing along the path of spirituality, by His grace and His grace alone. Surely we will be successful.


See these letters for more ideas and ways for how to celebrate:

                            PRABHAT SAMGIITA

"Maneri gahane tumi a'cho, a'cho prabhu sada' jege a'cho..." (4380)


Baba, You are always remaining in the depths of my mind-- You never
leave me. You always remain awake. You go on working day and night,
beyond the time. You never stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You go
on doing. This whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are
ever-present: beginningless and endless. You are ever intoxicated in
Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone-- everyone wants You. You
are remaining with one and all. Those who are trying to come close to
You by their virtuous deeds and shravan, manan, nididhyasana, & dhyana,
only they are able to come to You. Only they are able to realise You and
have Your grace and proximity. Baba, You are grace-Personified...

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