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Re: [7] DMS News: Uncultured Dance in Cultural Program

Subject: Re: DMS News: Uncultured Dance in Cultural Program
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:53:23 GMT
From: Arjuna



(Note: This is the eighth letter on this thread. Please find links to the seven earlier letters below. - Eds)

To Acintanandaji
and others who supported this issue to promote female adult dancing in our RAWA programs at DMS.


We all know that before 1990 cultural programs were done regularly. In those performances, the girls were below 8 years of age and all aspects of the program were very sentient. So the programs achieved the goal: The mind was led in proper direction, not a negative one.


So we should be honest with ourselves. We all go to DMS not for carnal satiation or to satisfy our lower propensities, nor for all kinds of TV channel delights or Holly / Bollywood movie scenes. We go to DMS because we think it to be a dharmic program. Going to a dharmic ceremony should entail strict adherence to a code of discipline and not any negative encouragement of the mind.

Baba says, “You are not merely an animal: simply eating, drinking and sleeping is not everything for a human. A human has a subtler life, a more charming life...Your physico-psychic activities are architecture, literature, dance, music – they are all your physico-psychic movement. And this movement is from crude to subtle, starting from the cruder arena and moving towards the subtler arena. That’s why in Ananda Marga I encourage this physico-psychic movement: because it will help you in moving towards the subtler world, in moving towards the supreme spiritual goal... For physico-psychic movement, I encourage boys and girls to start work in the RAWA [Renaissance Artists' and Writers' Association] movement.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 30 ˜ - Human Expressions and Human Movements 31 May 1979 evening, Valencia)

So Baba's directive is quite clear and pointed: Use RAWA programs bring the mind to a more subtle state.

Unfortunately the RAWA programs directed by Sri Mrinal Pathak and "approved" by Dada Acintanandji are falling far short of Baba's given standard. Dadaji and Mr Pathak are producing cultural performances that degrade the mind, using ploys like naked belly dancing etc.

This must be stopped and we should proceed on according to Baba's below guidelines.



Here are some practical steps we can take to ensure that our cultural programs are in line with Baba’s stated guidelines.

1. Girls below puberty, 8 or 9 years of age, should dance for a co-ed audience; whereas those girls above puberty (aged 10 - 16 etc) can dance to an all female audience.

2. When any drama or dance occurs that requires boys and girls to dance together, then similar aged girls should play the role of boys. And they too should be below puberty.

3.  Even then our small girls should not wear revealing or Hollywood type of dress. And the music must be sentient. The music itself also carries a vibration, positive or negative microvita.

Adhering to the above tenets, the program will be devoid of "risque behaviours" and the entire performance will be totally sentient.


Here below Baba warns how crude dance and song totally ruins a program.

Baba says, “If someone makes a sound like ‘ra, ra, ra — cha, cha, cha’ or if someone sings, ‘Follow my song. Let us sing and dance our way to hell’, these are sound inferences, but they carry a very crude idea.” (Microvita in a Nutshell, p. 94)

We should not let such scenes unfold in our own Ananda Marga cultural programs. Yet, that is what Mr Pathak and Ac Acintanandji (cultural program in-charge) are doing.


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