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Baba Story: True Ananda Margiis & Natural Calamities

Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:42:48 -0000
From: Pradiip Deva
Subject: Baba Story: True Ananda Margiis & Natural Calamities



Before the jail period, Baba was in Patna hospital. At that time my duty was to provide help in any way and ensure that Baba's needs were properly managed.

During this period, I was blessed with the opportunity to be with Baba often. Here following is what transpired during one such occasion.

One day Baba looked at me and said, "There is one categorical assurance I can give you: Not a single true Ananda Margii will die in the forthcoming natural calamities and future natural catastrophes."

Hearing this, immediately one idea came in my mind. I did not know what Baba meant by "true Ananda Margii." I was not at all clear what a "true Ananda Margii" is.

I thought that since Baba knows all my thoughts then there is no need to ask Him about this.

While I was thinking thus, Baba explained, "Here is what I mean by a true Ananda Margii. For Me the definition is very simple."

Then Baba gave these two following qualifications.

1. "One who sincerely tries to follow yama and niyama."

2. "One who sits sincerely for sadhana twice a day regularly."

Hearing Baba's above two criteria, I started thinking that this is indeed very difficult.

Understanding my concern and confusion, Baba immediately qualified His two prior statements.

Baba spoke, "I am not talking about whether one is fully established in yama and niyama. Because if I am to consider who is truly established in yama and niyama, then I can say that would only be Lord Shiva."

Baba continued, "Again I will say, I am not talking about perfection in yama and niyama. I am talking about those who sincerely try to follow these ten principles of morality. That is enough."

"By sadhana I mean those who sincerely sit twice daily for meditation. Their meditation need not be perfect, but they should earnestly put forth the proper effort."
Baba concluded, "For Me, these are the two criteria of true Ananda Margiis. Those who are sincere in these two points, I will save them from all kinds of natural calamities which are coming in the future."

Braj Bihari Sahay (Patna)

Note:  All know that Braj Bihari Sahay to be a very active and senior margii. He is well known around the globe. He worked in Patna but his hometown was Bhagalpur.


This is a very meaningful story and gives the teaching that sincerity in sadhana and yama and niyama are very important. Parama Purusa resides in the mind of devotees and He is watching everything. If you are not sincere then your approach will not be successful.

We should ask ourselves, why has Baba given these two criteria? The answer is very simple. Because He loves His progeny. He wants that His disciples - His children - should attain salvation and not come back onto this earth and face their samskaras again and again - undergoing "the tortures of animal lives for crores of years."

He does not want us to be chained to this endless cycle of birth and death, and birth and death. He does not want that we should return to this world and create more negative samakaras. This is an endless cycle.

In His Supreme Command, Baba has given that those sincerely practicing sadhana will get salvation. Baba wants that all should attain moksa. That is why He has given these two criteria.

Let's think of it in this way. Suppose a mother says that if you study sincerely then you will get some sweets. Here the mother's intention is to make the child's life better in the future. The child may or may not understand but that is the mother's wish.

In this way Guru encourages us to do sadhana and get liberation from this serpentine noose, i.e. from this bundle of samskaras. Those who do not pay heed have to come again and again to face their samskaras; they will plunge themselves into more and more negative deeds and remain bound forever in "the tortures of animal lives for crores of years."

So there is no question of Parama Purusa seeking praise or glory by having sadhakas sing His kiirtan or repeat His name in sadhana. It is not like that. Rather, when one silently chants His name then the mind expands; and this psychic expansion leads to moksa. That is why it is important to do mantra japa. This is all done for our welfare.

So this is Baba's greatest assurance; this is the most gracious boon for human society. This makes salvation easily attainable. Without Baba's grace, one has to face all the reactions of their past actions, and come again and again onto this earth to suffer. If one follows these two simple things - sincerity in meditation, and sincerity in yama and niyama - then one's samskaras get exhausted, by His grace.

By following Baba's two mandates, one easily attains salvation. So not only are sadhakas assured of surviving any and all natural calamities while living on this earth but one will attain moksa as well.



"A'ka'she a'loke bhese ja'y tava mahima'ri katha'..." (PS 3287)


Baba, You are the most magnificent One. The tale of Your glory and grandeur is floating and permeating throughout each and every molecule of the vast, blue sky and in the effulgence-- everywhere. Baba, Your story, the story of the ever-present, Ancient One, is glittering in all the realms: in both bhuloka and duloka-- in the physical and spiritual worlds. Baba, You are so gracious.

O' Ancient, Divine One, You are eternally, ever-new. Baba, by Your grace You are always, intrinsically with everyone-- just like their vital force, just like their pra'na. Baba, You always remain present in my feeling, ideation, and intuition. For that reason this eternal longing of my heart is for You and You alone.   

Baba, by Your grace with the flow of effulgence You color my mind and You are sitting in the depths of my ideation playing Your divine flute in the deep core of my heart. Baba You are so compassionate: You do not neglect or overlook anyone. You graciously goad everyone towards divinity, You show everyone the path which leads to immortality.   

Baba, please shower Your causeless grace; I surrender at Your lotus feet...

- The Solution -

Baba says, "Whenever there is a conflict between the brain and the heart, intelligent people should respond to the call of the heart. The books in A'nanda Ma'rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge. The proper mark of identity of absolute knowledge is that it must be universal, rational and psychological. Certain instances of absolute knowledge are as follows --the goal of human life is the attainment of Brahma; human beings are the progeny of Parama Purus' dint of sa'dhana' or spiritual practices human beings gradually become divine." (PNS-18, p.10)

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