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Re: Baba's Guideline: Celebration of Ananda Purnima #2

From: "Rainjiita L'"
Subject: Re: Baba's Guideline: Celebration of Ananda Purnima #2
Date: Mon, 06 May 2013 19:21:09


This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: Re: Baba's Guideline: Celebration of Ananda Purnima #2;
(2) Trailer Quote: For Mothers;
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #1168;

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (***).


~ Part 2 ~

Note: This is the second letter in this ongoing series on the Ananda Purnima celebrations. A link to the first letter has been appended below. - AM Universal Moderators

In each and every sphere of existence – physical, psychic, social, moral, and spiritual – Baba has paved the way for humanity’s growth, generation, and enlightenment. Thus the divine and holy advent of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji is the most significant event this earth has ever seen. Naturally, the blessed day of Ananda Purnima is recognised as the greatest and most celebrated of all our Ananda Marga social functions and festivals.

Here following are further suggestions and ways to celebrate this divine day.

As we all know, this year Ananda Purnima falls on Saturday, 25 May.


Unlike centralised events like DMS etc, the occasion of Ananda Purnima is meant to be joyfully celebrated in each and every unit. It is a local function for one and all. Thus every unit is highly encouraged to host their own Ananda Purnima celebration. And, sure enough, many ideal units do everything – more than a full-day program. Thus margiis and sympathizers often arrive the evening before to participate in opening ceremonies and presentations. This continues into the day of Ananda Purnima itself with a special paincajanya and day-long celebrations including avaried array of activities and programs, culminating and concluding late that evening.

Here the main point is that, to one or another degree, blissful Ananda Purnima programs should take place locally in each and every unit. This is Baba’s prescribed system. More about this idea is also appended as note 2 at the end of this letter.


As everyone may remember, Baba has beautifully given the system of making extended Prabhat Samgiita programs whereby gathered margiis to sing the blissful songs: Several compositions of Prabhat Samgiita. Just like we often have our long akhanda kiirtan programs of 3, 6, or 12 hours – in the same way these programs of Prabhat Samgiita can also take place.

Many may recall how Baba used to sit on the dais and call for the beginning of Prabhat Samgiita programs for the grand celebration of our Ananda Purnima social function. And it would proceed step-by-step where first one purport was read out by a selected margii and then the singing of that same song would begin and small young children of 8 or 9 years of age would dance to that song. As soon as one song was completed then another would begin with the reading of the purport followed by the singing and dance performance of that very song. And in this grand fashion several songs were linked together – all the while maintaining a nicely formatted sequence where the first song celebrated Baba’s holy advent and then the next song depicts His divine blessings etc. By that way several songs are linked together creating one panoramic, devotional picture.


Plus Ananda Purnima is a wonderful opportunity to bring forth one and all in collective harmony.

“At the outset of any festival or social ceremony, the Sam’gacchadvam’ mantra is recited, the purpose is to impose the common ideal on all. The love for the entire humanity.”  (1)

Thus on the festive occasions of Ananda Purnima small kids, youths, university students, parents, seniors and devotees of all walks of life - everyone moves together in one thread. So these social functions offer something for everyone, thus building the bridge of an ideal human society.

Indeed the joining and gathering for Ananda Purnima is a special event as it represents the union of everyone’s heart. This function is not like some crowd at the movie cinema, which is just a random collection of people with their own individual agendas and separate thoughts. That is nothing but a crowd wholly devoid of any family feeling. That is like one fake flower that is superficially colored yet carries no aroma. In contrast, our devotional, heart-felt gathering of Ananda Purnima reflects society in the deepest sense of the term, where everyone is moving and smiling together as one integrated whole – ready to do each and everything for Baba and the humanity.

Thus at Ananda Purnima all are invited to sit together – money or other factors are not at all important. Everyone comes together regardless of one’s social status, career, educational background, or family history etc. It is a time for all grades of devotees to join together and gather for sweet celebrations, non-margiis are also invited – so long as they follow according to the sentient ways of the gathering. Only those anti-social elements, not at all interested in following the spirit of the program, should not be invited. Beyond that Ananda Purnima is a grand occasion for one and all.


In addition, during Ananda Purnima all the trades and departments of AMPS partake in their respective social service programs. VSS optees do CSS, i.e collective social service such as public cleaning or repair work or other physical works for the security, safety, and welfare of the society etc. Side by side, AMURT can operate their free medical clinics. In this way, Ananda Purnima is a day for doing all types of services because we Ananda Margiis are declassed and perform all the sevas.


Universal festivals like Ananda Purnima are also a time for forgetting about past differences and starting new relations. They are a time for a fresh new start where we bury old issues, forgive and forget, sit together, and invite a clean new beginning.

Baba guides us that in personal life it is best to forgive others with our full heart. Though on matters of ideology or collective welfare we have no right to forgive anyone. But on personal affairs, forgiving others is the best course of action and what better time to do this than on the blissful occasion of Ananda Purnima.


"Ánanda Púrńimá: Collective bath with snána mantra, twice collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána, collective noon and night meals, merry celebrations, spiritual conferences, annual meetings of workers, children’s sports, and procession with táńd́ava dance. (2)


Here following Baba is describing the great import that festive occasions like Ananda Purnima have on the human psyche. And that such social functions lead to the formation of a unified humanity.

“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.” (3)



   "Humans are social beings. So every human being likes utsava. It is the desire of all that they will rejoice unitedly. In Europe Puritanism failed in the end, only because the Puritans failed to care for the desires of the general public. They preached their theory only to a handful of devotees of knowledge."
   "Ananda Marga is for the general public. So, considering the necessity of the general mass, proper importance has to be given to the Utsava in social life. Enthusiasm in a utsava is the greatest in the children, in the tender aged boys, in the youths and last of all in grown ups. In the programmes of a Utsava, therefore, you shall think for the children first. Their sweet stammering noises ensure the success of the Utsava. But whatever arrangements you may make for the children, the youngsters, youths, or for the grown-ups, make that there is no dearth of discipline even to the minutest extent anywhere. Let there be complete harmony..."
   "A grown up man does not like that others should call him grown up. An old man does not like that others should tell him old. Do you know, why they do not like to be said so? The adults or the aged are nearing death. This means that one is drawing nearer death as one grow up and this is why one does not like to be told grown up or old."
   "Taking this for granted regarding human psychology, you shall arrange for two or three items in the programme for the old to enjoy, so that they may think at least for a short time that they are not old, they have sufficient energy still left in them."
   "Take pains to see that all join in the Utsava. Give full opportunity to all the artists to make a display of their talents in art. Remember that taking food together is a special feature in a Utsava, without which half of the pleasure of a Utsava is marred." (4)


“When He comes, after creating His own body with the help of the five fundamental factors– solid, liquid, luminous, aerial, ethereal – to create an ideological tidal wave, that is called as Maha’sambhu’ti. Maha’ means ‘great’, ‘having a form which is supra-natural’. And bhu plus ktin equals bhu’ti. Hence Maha’sambhuti means ‘The Great Creation’, ‘The Great Appearance’…[He comes] to push humans society forward, to resuscitate the half-dead human race, to awaken society– to create a wave in the field of ideology, in the social field, and in the field of humanity; [He comes] to create a tidal wave in every dimension and on every level.” (5)

at His lotus feet,

1. Prout Nutshell - 4
2. Caryacarya - 1
3. A  Few Problems Solved - 5, p.18
4. Táttvika Diipiká  (Dvitiiya Parva)
5. Discourses on Tantra - 1, p. 136


Here below is a link to the first letter in this series on how to celebrate Ananda Purnima.

The section below demarcated by asterisks is an entirely different topic,
completely unrelated to the above material. It stands on its own as a point of interest.

For Mothers

   "It was a secret before. Tell our girls that during the time of giving birth they should repeat their particular guru mantra in their particular Iśt́a cakra (from profile, Bábá indicated the various Iśt́a cakras). If they do so, there will be minimum haemorrhaging and the birth will be safe.”
   Again Bábá spoke, “Do you know the naming ceremony (of Ananda Marga)? Until the age of six months, the mother should give only her milk, and at the time of nursing, she should sing (the kiirtana mantra) Bábá nám kevalam in a low voice so that only she and the baby can hear it. If she does so, the baby will have a spiritual start, and at the time of singing kiirtana, her milk will become divine nectar.”

Prabhat Samgiita 1168

"A'ma'ra e ga'n divase nishiithe raciya'chi Prabhu tava tare..." (PS #1168)


O' Parama Purusa, day and night I composed this very song for You. By Your grace, I have decorated this song with the feeling of my heart.

O' Supreme Entity, the light has smiled before me, leaving Your sweetness behind. The flowers, leaves, and petals, through sweet shapes and forms, only tell me of Your tales and stories. By this way I hear of Your glories and greatness.

O' my Lord, the soft, gentle breeze has come with its sweet tender touch, and it passes the message that You are graciously showering Your eternal, boundless and sweet love.

O' Parama Puruasa, I surrender at Your lotus feet...

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