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Not Just A Ritual

Date: 06 Jun 2011 21:48:37 -0000
From: "Shivadayal Deva"
Subject: Not Just A Ritual


                   == NOT JUST A RITUAL ==

Each and every day after bathing we all recite our bath mantra,
"Pitrpurus'ebhyo namah...".

The meaning of this mantra holds great value in our human life and
movement along the path of pratisaincara.

However, often we find that its meaning is misconstrued within our
Marga. It is not that people adopt the wrong meaning per se, but more
commonly they miss the greater meaning. Or even worse, many just treat
it as some type of ritual that does not have a lot of value.

So let's take a look at its inner significance and see what our bath
mantra is all about - according to Baba's divine precepts.

                   WHAT IS COMMONLY THOUGHT

Generally, if you ask an Ananda Margii what is the idea of the bath
mantra, they will often reply, "It is a salutation to our ancestors - a
way of paying respect to our forefathers and predecessors."

This is how people commonly respond and this is how I and others in my
unit responded when asked this very same question.

Because after all the first two lines are:

                  Pitrpurus'ebhyo namah

Baba says, " You are in this world, but before you so many human beings
came...To all our forefathers who came into this world and left this
world. So many people, so many millions of people, came during the last
ten lakh years. So, Pitrpurus'ebhyo namah. “I do namah to those people,”
because I am a continuity of those people in the flow of the human
race.... During this long period so many things were invented by so many
great people. Great people are known as rs'is...So, rs'idevebhyo namah –
“I also do namah to those rs'is who invented so many things.” And the
collection of their inventions is modern human civilization." (AV-30)

So honoring our forefather and sages is a distinct aspect of our bath
mantra. Plus we all know that pitr yajina, or service to ancestors, is a
part of our AM way of life.

Baba says, "Pitr Yajina means remembering the ancestors and the sages.
As long as a person possesses the physical body, he remains indebted to
his ancestors." (AMIWL-2)

For all these reasons and more, some or more in AM commonly think that
the bath mantra is all about recognising and remembering our ancestors -
when in fact this is just a small part of what our bath mantra is all

                         JUST A RITUAL

While the above is a partial understanding of bath mantra, even
more often the bath mantra gets treated in some ritualistic manner.
People might recited it mindlessly or internally think that this is just
some silly thing - not really part of our spiritual life. Then there are
some who just repeat it at rocket speed such that they do not even know
what they are saying - neither the meaning nor the actual words. In that
sense bath mantra is regarded no differently from one religious custom
such as putting ghee on the sacrificial fire etc.

Of course not everyone falls in this category, but it is not entirely
uncommon either.

Here then are Baba'a main teachings on bath mantra. Everyone should
evaluate for themselves how far they truly recite and ideate on bath
mantra in the proper way. Only you can be your own judge.


In His discourse, "Ascribe Brahma-hood to All", Baba pointedly reviews
every line of the bath mantra.

He furthermore states that the essence of bath mantra is about linking
every action of life with the Supreme.

Baba says, "You should know its [bath mantra] meaning. It has closest
proximity to this ma'dhuvidya', that is, this ascription of Brahma-hood
to worldly work." (AV-30)

Because after the first two lines of the bath mantra, the entire mantra
focuses on Brahma.

                 Brahma'rpan'am' Brahmahavir
                 Brahma'gnao Brahman'a'hutam;
                 Brahmaeva tena gantavyam'
                 Brahmakarma sama'dhina'.

As we know, the meaning of these lines is:

               The act of offering is Brahma;
               that which is offered is Brahma;
               the one to whom the offering is made is Brahma;
               and the person making the offering is Brahma.
               One will merge in Brahma after completing the duty
               assigned to him by Brahma.

For Baba's full explanation of these lines, refer to the discourse,
"Ascribe Brahma-hood to All".

The overarching import of this mantra is to be completely immersed in
madhuvidya, or second lesson. We are to see everything (the offering,
the action, the Receiver, the doer) as Brahma and we are to remember
this fact every day during each and every waking moment. That is the
greater meaning of our bath mantra.

It is is wonderful explanation of second lesson.

Since bathing is daily component of human life, then what better way to
remind us of our second lesson practice than with a bath mantra that
goads the mind in this very direction.

Thus bath mantra holds great significance and it should not just be
regarded as some useless ritual or merely a prayer to our ancestors etc.


Here is more about how bath mantra can help us escape from the
serpentine noose of maya.

Typically, as human beings we are stuck in the endless cycle of action
and reaction, of life and death. We are but a toy within the cycle of
karma. We do actions, become bound, then have to undergo the reaction.
There is no seeming escape.

And as Baba remarked at one DMC, mostly people are involved in bad deeds.

Baba says, "Think about how many of the deeds you performed before
coming to the path of sa'dhana' were good and how many were bad. To tell
the unpleasant truth, ninety-nine percent of your deeds were bad." (AMIWL-8)

Thus we are bound by so many actions - many of which were degrading.
That is the tough reality.

And not only that, but when we do good actions and get good reactions,
then with that heightened sense of confidence or arrogance, one again
plunges in misdeeds. This is very, very common.

For instance, due to their good work in the past, one acquires wealth or
a position of importance, and then one uses that money for sensual
pleasure and that high post to satisfy their self-interest. This is the
case with so many - not just with Hollywood or Bollywood stars, but with
even the person next door.

For more about this phenomenon, please read:

So the long and short of it is that - whether one does good or bad works
- one becomes bound to those actions, and most of the time one ends up
degrading themselves. That is why it is so difficult to escape the cycle
of karma. One can go round and round for ions.

Baba says, "The unit entities have been moving around the cosmic nucleus
throughout will have to go round and round like the
bullocks in the oil-mill in the endless cycle of creation, life and
death." (SS-2)

                      THE ONLY ESCAPE

The only way to escape this endless cycle of karma is to no longer
create samskaras. Of course with His divine grace He can do anything,
yet as human beings all we can do is lighten our karmic load.

That means we have to undergo the reactions of past actions and live in
this world without creating new samskaras.

That is why our second lesson and bath mantra are so important.

Because so long as we think that we are doing the actions, then a
samskara is created - either a good one or a bad one. And ultimately
those bind us. Plus, as noted above, when we reap the fruits of our good
actions, then we often abuse those benefits and again resort to
misdeeds. That only sets us further back on the path, hurling us in the
direction of negative pratisaincara.

So whenever our I-feeling is attached to an action, we are further
binding ourselves, to some or more degree.

But when we think that Brahma is the doer and we are merely serving His
will, then there is no attached samsakara. And that is the inner value
of second lesson and bath mantra. The bath mantra is a daily reminder of
how we should ideate and practice second lesson.

Because as we all know, this takes practice - constant vigilance and
reminders. Our bath mantra is one such reminder. Every day - or twice
daily - we chant and ideate that everything we are dong is for Brahma
and that ever manifested being and object in this universe is Brahma.

With practice - and with regular kiirtan and sadhana - then this mantra
will not just be a set of words, or some bogus ritual, and the inner
meaning - that everything is Brahma - will settle in the inner recesses
or our mind and heart.

Then, by His grace, we are sure to remember Him in all we do - always
wishing to serve and please Him.

                        BABA'S BLESSING

By His grace, He has given us all the tools to achieve liberation. We
should be vigilant to incorporate the right and true practice of bath
mantra into our daily life, lest we fall into demise or worse.

Baba says, "Success and fulfillment in life lie in the spiritual
pursuit. Only by pleasing one’s Lord through sincere spiritual practice
can one attain freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Those who do
not follow the spiritual path, even after being born on this earth in
human form, can be said to be misusing their vital force and
intellectual capacity. The wise say that such people are no better than
donkeys." (AMIWL-7)



Our bath mantra helps us remember that everything is Brahma and Brahma
is everything. This will give us force in life to surrender to Him and
escape the clutches of karma, by His grace.

Baba says, "When, due to the grace of Parama Brahma, techniques of
intuitional practice (sa'dhana') are imparted to the unit mind through
the medium of a Guru, the way to emancipation from bondages is opened,
and the unit mind begins to transcend all sorrows and miseries. By
virtue of this sa'dhana' one can also free oneself from the vicious
cycle of karma, resulting in the a'tman getting immediate liberation
from all mental bondages. Having relinquished the desire for finite
objects in different places, in different forms, and in different ways,
and having embraced the Supreme Original Entity, one attains the highest
fulfillment. This attainment is achieved with the grace of Parama
Purus'a in the form of a Guru. Hence there is only one Guru: the Supreme
Entity alone is the Universal Guru." (AMIWL-7)

                   PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This following song can be taught to non-margiis as it belongs
in the 'Krsnaliila' series. As we know, in Baba's Prabhat Samgiita
collection, there are a number of songs about Lord Krsna. So when any
program is organised related with Krsnaliila, then these songs are most
useful to attract non-margii devotees who have love for Krsna. So this
song is not for our regular devotional chanting. This is not a
devotional song for Ananda Margiis. If anyone has any doubt or confusion
about this, please refer to Baba's discourse: "Onm'kara and Is't'a Mantra".

"Giitir ka'n'u priitir vrajer ka'n'u e anunay..." (3655)


O' Divine Entity, O' Lord Krsna of the song, O' Lord Krsna of Love, O'
Lord Krsna of Braj*, I have one request of You: O' Mohan, the divine
Entity who is attracting everyone, please be gracious and shower Your
infinite grace on me with Your radiant smile. O' Entity who can only be
known through the realisation of divine Love, please come in the sweet
grove of my mind, in my madhukanan.

O' Lord Krsna, please be gracious. Please come with Your divinely
attractive & most venerable appearance and grace me by residing on the
lotus petals of my citta. O' Liiila'may, please grace me and come in my
close proximity so that I need not wander around this vast earth in
search of You-- seeking You in various tiirthas (holy lands) or in the
distant dense forest or in the caves and caverns of the insurmountable

O' Divine Entity who eternally resides in my heart, please shower Your
grace-compassion on me with the heavenly waves of Your ocean of nectar.
So that by Your grace I can sing the glory of Your blissful tales and
spread the supreme effulgence of Your divine name. O' Lord, please be
gracious and come deep inside my heart...

*Braj= When the aspirant is withdrawing his mind from all worldly
objects and desires and is instead goading all his psychic propensities
towards Parama Purusa, then the sadhaka is no longer chasing after name,
fame, money, post, power, position or other worldly things. Only the
aspirant is trying to cultivate more and more spiritual longing: To
accept Parama Purusa as their only Goal in life; to accept Him as their
sole object of adoration. This type of mental state is braj-- where the
devotees is playing with the Lord in that divine land, in the mind. That
is the land of braj.

                 Know Your Rights in AM

Baba says, "Regarding the Sixteen Points, it was said that a'ca'rya/a's
or senior persons would see if you were observing them properly or not.
Similarly, I gave a directive to all that they should keep watch on one
another. No one will exempt anyone else regarding the Sixteen
Points...It is a question of human rights " (AV-23)

Note: Pointing out and evaluating the behaviour of others is part of the
self-cleaning system of Ananda Marga. All are Ananda Margiis - family
people and Wts - but unfortunately pointing out is not allowed these
days. If anyone speaks up they get victimised and outcasted. In that
case the whole system of pointing out is disables and in result our AM
society gets polluted. This is one of our fundamental human rights that
must be granted to all Ananda Margiis, otherwise the wrong things will
flourish in AM, such as groupism, power mongering and the like

Confusion About The Universe

Date: 06 Jun 2011 14:17:26 -0000
From: "Ramanuj Deva"
Subject: Confusion About The Universe



Some ignorant people believe that the universe is infinite. That is what they are propagating. Here is their message:

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity..." (sent on 4 June 2011 by one margii)

So this person is telling that the universe is infinite - that is an essential part of his message.


Now we should compare this with Baba's divine teaching.

Baba says, "According to some persons, this universe is infinite, but this is not true. As this universe also is a created manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness, due to the influence of the static principle of Prakrti it is bound to have a particular shape and form. And since it is under the static principle, it must be under bondage and limitations. Hence the universe is certainly finite, although it is very vast; it is not infinite or ananta." (Subhasita Samgraha-11, The Hub of Universal Activities)

It is quite clear then that Baba's divine guideline is that this universe is not infinite. It is distinctly finite.

So the margii writer is proclaiming one thing and Baba's divine teaching is something else. The margii is 100% opposite from our Sadguru Baba.



When I read the margiis aforementioned quote, then I wondered whether I should keep quiet or not. Then I was reminded about Baba's teachings of Sixteen Points. We should not compromise or remain silent when someone is propagating anti-AM ideas to margiis. That is what Baba says in point #11 of Sixteen Points.

Thus, according to Baba's guideline I thought I should say something and not let this go unaddressed. Otherwise, new margiis will get confused and think that the universe is finite.


Does this person not know that he is confusing innocent margiis. Does he not know that he is leading others astray with his "thought of the day".

Please excuse me but all I can think is that this person is thick-skinned. When he himself does not know and is ignorant, then why is he preaching about AM philosophy.

What he is doing is shameful and not at all befitting of an Ananda Margii.


Once again let us reflect on Baba's teaching.

Baba says, "This universe is a very small finite island." (AV-4)

Baba says, "Observe uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of the Ádarsha (Ideology)." (Sixteen Points, pt #11)



You probably know that the person propagating this anti AM message is SS Goenka. This new and tragic psychic ailment has overcome him in this late age. A similar thing happened with the late Shraddhananda, the former PP Dada. At the end of his days he was restless to propagate his own silly rhymes - Shraddha Shuman - thereby competing with Baba's divine creation of Prabhat Samgiita. If you want to know more about this then please write me.

Here the conclusion is that the universe is finite not infinite.


In the above quote posted by Goenka he claims that humans are very, very stupid - infinitely stupid. Yet Baba never addresses humanity in such a dark and derogatory manner. Instead Baba always speak in a very positive and uplifting way about human beings.

Baba says, "Unity and benevolent intellect lead human beings towards supreme fulfilment." (POD #37)

Baba says, "Humans have been blessed." (AV-30, Human Expressions and Human Movements)


If we ignore this situation then this person will write tomorrow that, "God does not exist, but money certainly exists, about the former I cannot say."

This type of silly thing we should not appreciate as it is going against the fundamentals of dharma.

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