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Baba's Way of Starting Ananda Marga - II

Date: Fri May 11 2012 20:33:28 -0000
From: "Shivadayal  Singhal"
Subject: Baba's Way of Starting Ananda Marga - II



~ Part 2 ~

Here is the continuation of the previous post about the formation of Ananda Marga. The first part detailed how during those very early days in Jamalapur, Baba did all the initiations Himself. As the number of disciples grew, He introduced the system of family tattvikas and family acaryas. Then those tattvikas and acaryas taught sadhana to new people. And Baba Himself involved in countless other engagements.

That post also discussed how some, most notably family acarya Pratapaditya, mistakenly thought that the creation of Wts in AM was merely a temporary measure. Here is that first letter:

Now we pick up the account whereby family acaryas are working hard to keep pace with the rapid growth and spread of AM.

Gradually, in step-wise or even progressive fashion, the work of Ananda Marga multiplied. Family acaryas were convinced to take leave from their government offices and jobs; and, they were temporarily separated from their families in order to travel to far away places for pracar. Indeed they reached to all corners of India from Jammu Kashmir to Kannya Kumari and from Cachh to Nagaland. They covered just about everywhere – all places, all the district headquarters, etc. Plus so many meetings were organised – so many tattva sabhas.

The main program was the extensive pracar work going on those days. There was only one work — pracar, pracar, and pracar. There was no Prout work, no samaj work, and no other activity. In 1955 and 1956, there was only pracar: Making new margiis and getting them involved in sadhana and sending for them for PC at Jamalpur.

Then the next phase started. Family Acaryas were requested to go outside India. Some went and did huge work. Baba’s pressure was very focused on pracar work. So most of the family acaryas were taking leave and getting involved. Weeks after weeks. Pracar and pracar. That was the rhythm those days. At the same time, Baba graciously arranged a favourable vibration everywhere. So wherever acaryas went, they found people hungry to learn meditation and follow Ananda Marga. Effortlessly, acaryas initiated countless people. It was all due to Baba's cosmic grace.


Prior to 1962, in Ananda Marga there was no sannyasi system. So a few family acaryas were thinking that AM does not appreciate monks. This was the thinking of some family acaryas in those early days. They were openly talking like this also.

They calculated that other religions and spiritual paths have monks, but in Ananda Marga it is not accepted. So they had a negative type of feeling towards the saffron cloth. Plus general margiis were giving high regard and respect to family acaryas.

So two things were involved here. One, family acaryas were getting high respect. Two, in the working style of AM up to that time, Baba had not yet created the system of wholetime workers, renunciates. So some family acaryas in their own way were thinking that the concept of sannyasis will not be accepted in AM in the future.


In a methodical manner, the days passed with ever-increasing work demands. After several years when 
Baba’s work pressure was so extreme, family acaryas were feeling a lot of stress to fulfill the targets. At one point, Baba gave the program to do pracar and programs in all blocks of the entire world: Where there is at least one Margii in each and every block.

By that time Baba was taking reports – and lovingly punishing and even beating His disciples with His own stick. This was exclusively His tantric grace. To the untrained eye it may have looked harsh. But behind, Baba had His cosmic plan. By beating and punishing sadhakas, He would cure their physical and psychic ailments. In His divine play of punishment, He purified their glands, cleaned their minds, and infused them with devotion and strong enthusiasm. In this way, He was gracing and purifying them - and devotees realised this as well. All their physical and psychic ailments were removed. After reporting they would do a lot of pracar. Outwardly it looked like punishment; but, those who received such punishment were charged with a strong spirit, a clear mind, and a disease-free body.

These days some people may think: Was there no other way to purify sadhakas than by beating them?

The answer is very simple. Baba's unique and special approach of "punishing" sadhakas kept unworthy people away from the scene; by this way, only those sincere sadhakas who really wanted to be cured, pure, and spiritually cleansed remained. And that is exactly what happened. By seeing His way of bestowing grace, many unworthy people became scared and ran away. Only the true sadhakas remained along with Baba. This was way He showered His grace upon His disciples and displayed His tantric liila.


Anyway, the phase was starting to change – again. This is Baba’s liila. Baba was taking reporting and He scolded and abused a lot those days. That time, the out-turn was “very poor” from family acaryas. They were working hard, but Baba had given them huge expectations and targets to fill.

Then Baba suggested, “You people have become senior, have families, and hence cannot leave for AM work for several months at a time for pracara. Why not find youths who are unmarried, or anyone who can 
give full-time commitment for this endeavour, and take work from them?”

By listening this suggestion from Baba, those family acaryas felt so much relief. They started searching for some youths.

In this course of action, from different parts of India, family acaryas sent many youths for PC at Jamalpur. And to make them into LFTs there was one training session. The year was 1962.

Things were going on very fast. Without any delay those LFT’s were getting their WT-ship.

This is just a glimpse of some of the long, rich history. From there the story goes on and on. Please everyone write in with their own remembrances & recollections.

Shivadayal Deva



In 1962, Baba created the Wt system. Margiis naturally began giving a lot of respect to wholetimers. Seeing this, some family tattvikas and acaryas felt jealous. Suddenly, the respect they were getting shifted towards these new wholetimers. For this reason they did not like the creation of Wts. They thought, "This new system of Wts is very bad because it has taken away our honour and respect."

That is the main reason why some family acaryas became hostile toward Wt’s.

We can understand then that this was nothing but the play of avidya maya. Due to the veil of darkness, i.e. avidya maya, certain family acaryas could not digest Baba's new component: Wts. That is why some family acaryas raised their agenda again and again that the Wt system whould be abolished. They gave the false justification that it is impractical. Amongst them all, family acarya Pratapaditya was a very vocal critic against the Wt system.


"Tiirthe tiirthe ghuriya' kla'nt hoye esechi dva're..."   (Prabhata Samgiita 4112)


Baba, O' Divine Entity, after wandering around the globe in various holy lands in search of You, I am completely tired. In this exhausted state I have reached Your alter. Baba, be gracious, please do not turn Your face away; please do not become unhappy, angry, or furious with me. Please open the door and allow me to come inside.

Baba, look towards me; my whole body is completely tired and exhausted. My feet are full of dust. Wandering around in the sun, my whole body has become completely hot and sweaty. I am totally tired and exhausted.

O' Parama Purusa, O' Baba, now I feel in my heart and repent how my whole life has been wasted. I was tied up in the noose of dogma. Just I was performing various rituals, wandering in holy lands, moving from one tiirtha to another tiirtha, from one Baba's Quarter to another Baba's Quarter, in search of You. By Your grace, now I understand that You are residing in my heart - smiling.

Baba, I am surrendering to You. Please accept me as Yours. Do not leave me to wander from one dogmatic pilgrimage to another - involved in various rituals. The path which I was traveling was dark & full of hopelessness. I wasted a lot of money, time, and energy; nothing was gained. Now I am too tired. I want Your divine direction.

In spite of moving on the negative path, by Your grace in the garden of my mind some flowers have bloomed for You. I want to offer those flowers at Your lotus feet. The creepers of hope are swinging and the feeling is coming that You will allow me.

Bab, You have graciously given me the longing for You in my heart. Now please grace me by allowing me to come close to You and touch Your feet. Baba, I am Yours and You are mine. I am surrendering everything unto You. Please accept me...

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