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Pran’a’m Newsletter, Issue 4 August, 2017

Pran’a’m Newsletter, Issue 4 August, 2017

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Subjective Approach through Objective Adjustment

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Winter conference in Adelaide
Upcoming events


Subjective Approach through Objective Adjustment

21 September 1979 morning, Kingston

As the sphere of knowledge increases, many secrets of the world do not remain secret. Yoga is such a secret. It is a cult, and by dint of practising this cult one comes in contact with the causal factors of many secrets. About seven thousand years ago a great yogi, Sadáshiva, systematized different branches of yoga. His spouse, Párvatii, was also a yoginii; and for the welfare of the entire human society Lord Shiva and Párvatii tried their best to create a practical cult. The questions placed before Shiva by Párvatii and the answers given by Shiva to Párvatii collectively form the shástras [scriptures].

Now, many important questions of the human mind were placed before Shiva. These questions, that is, the question portion, was known as nigama, and the answer portion, ágama. The collective name of ágama and nigama is Tantra.

Once upon a time Párvatii asked Shiva, “O Lord, for many duties, many posts, there are prescribed minimum qualifications; for this job the minimum qualification will be this or that. But for attaining salvation what are the minimum qualifications?” Shiva said that the minimum qualification for the attainment of salvation is nothing but a human body and a human mind. That is enough. There is no racial bar, no colour bar, no regional bar, nor any bar of any other type. He said:

Átmajiṋánamidaḿ Devi paraḿ mokśaekasádhanam;

Sukrtaermánavo bhútvá jiṋániicenmokśamápnuyát.

[Self-knowledge, Párvatii, is the greatest means to attain salvation. People are born as human beings due to their past good saḿskáras, but to attain non-qualified liberation they will have to attain Self-knowledge.]

“For attainment of salvation one should know oneself, and by knowing oneself one attains salvation.” Now, let us see what knowing is, and what knowing oneself is – what Self-realization is. The human mind has got three types of movement. The first type is extro-internal projection, that is, an external object moving towards the inner side of existence. The second type is intro-external. The sentiment comes from the inner side and is expressed in the physical world. And the third one is the movement of the mind towards the Spirit.

Now generally “to know” means subjectivization of external objectivity. When the external object becomes one with the objective portion of the mind, that is, takes place in the objective compartment of the mind, it is called knowing or knowledge. And what is self-knowledge or self-realization? In this case the mind knows the spirit, that is, the movement of the mind is towards spirit. Now, how can the mind know the spirit when the Supreme Spirit, Parama Puruśa, Parama Pitá [Supreme Father], the Supreme Entity, is the Omniscient Entity, is the only Omniscient Entity of this world? The Supreme Entity, Parama Puruśa, is omniscient. He not only sees what you do, He also sees what you think, what you are contemplating, what the thought-waves of your mind are. Then He is omniscient, and you are His object. He sees what you do. He is the subject, you are the object. Then how can the mind know Him? That is, how can the mind be the subject and He be the object? He sees your mind; how can your mind see Him? How can your mind accept Him as the object and your mind be the subject? Yes, there lies the secret. What is the secret? It is that whatever you are doing, whatever you are thinking, you should always remember that that action of yours, those thoughts of yours, are being witnessed by Him. If you remember this, He remains the subject and you remain the object.

But what happens? Because you are always thinking of Parama Puruśa, indirectly He also becomes the object; although actually He is the subject and you are the object, because He is the all-witnessing faculty. And this is a very clever policy of devotees. Devotees are very clever; not only clever, they are very cunning. Because with their developed mind, pinnacled mind, pinnacled intellect, they bring the Supreme Entity within the periphery

of their minds. So the path of devotion or the path of spirituality is for those who are extremely cunning and clever. And those who think that Parama Puruśa is not seeing them are the most foolish amongst the fools.

Lord Shiva said that the minimum qualification is a human mind and a human body, and with the help of this human mind and human body one may attain salvation. One may come in His contact; because it is only the human mind that can think that Parama Puruśa is witnessing all one’s activities and all one’s thoughts. When one is established in this stance, it is said that one has attained salvation

There are so many created beings. These quinquelemental factors of the world – air, water, earth – they are also of Cosmic creation, but their mind is in an inert condition. It cannot function. In the case of protozoa, there is mind, but it is guided only by instincts, inborn instincts. In the case of plants, there is mind, but the mind is guided by inborn instincts, there is no independent thought in them. In the case of animals, in the case of metazoa, there is inborn instinct, but no independent thought. But in the case of developed metazoa, developed animals, there is a bit of independent mind, and amongst those developed metazoa, those who come in contact with human beings, as a result of clash and cohesion in the intellectual world and in inter-cellular structure, their minds develop a bit – as in the case of dogs, monkeys and so on. They have got a bit developed mind because of their coming in close contact with human beings.

But in the case of human beings, the mind is very developed, and with this developed mind one can feel that whatever one does, whatever one thinks, is always being witnessed by Parama Puruśa. Nobody can do anything secretly.

Now, everything is a creation of the Supreme Father; but in the course of introversion, as a result of clash and cohesion, the mind develops, and the stage of man, the stage of humans, is the most developed stage in the process of introversion. So human beings are blessed beings because they can feel the charm and love and all-pervading existence of the Supreme Lord. You are all human beings. You are all dignified human beings. Forget all fissiparous tendencies that sometimes function within the human mind. Remember, you are the loving children of Parama Puruśa, and your goal is Parama Puruśa. Your goal is the Supreme Entity. Yours is a subjective approach through objective adjustment. Your movement is towards the Supreme Entity. But while moving towards the Supreme Entity, you are to do all your worldly duties in the social, economic and all other spheres. That is, your hands should be engaged in worldly duties, and your mind should be moving towards the Supreme Entity.

Shri Shri Anandamurtijii


News from Nelson

Regional retreat in Vistara

Our four days retreat was full of spiritual vibration through collective meditation, Akhanda kiirtan, satsang, Sadhana shivir and Baba’s videoes. On the opening day sisters Kiiran and Guruvatii did a nice opening of the programme .

Babynaming ceremony

On Friday sweet Bodhini, the second daughter of Madhumita and Shankar had a baby naming ceremony in which 39 people attended including Margiis and sympathizers.  On Saturday we had the outing in the forest. Didi Ananda Shamitaji gave a class on Neohumanism and sister Guruvati gave a workshop on PCAP.  Sister Koverii gave a powerpoint presentation on ” Mental health”. Devotees attended from Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Waiheke Island, Auckland and U.S. A. Altogether 23 margii adults, 4 non-margiis and 6 kids attended all 4 days. 2 new brothers got initiated by Dada Vimaleshvaranandaji. Last day we did a tree planting ceremony to plant a native tree.

Collective photo after ceremony

Baby in tub: Bodhini’s baby naming

Outing during regional retreat


Nelsonian Bruce Dyer has gained a masters degree aged 75

Proving age is just a number, Bruce Dyer has just gained a masters degree at 75 years old. And he is far from retiring. Bruce helps his wife run a B&B in Motueka Valley, west of Nelson. He also runs the Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust, an NFP company which lends money to small socially and environmentally responsible businesses. When he saw the financial fallout from the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) and saw how the actions of stock brokers in the US can affect the rest of the world, he wondered if the Progressive Utilisation Theory (PROUT) could offer an alternative way, for the Nelson regional economy. So he decided to do a Master of Philosophy degree in Social Policy looking at the scope for economic self-reliance for the area. Bruce did his Master’s long distance with Prof Marilyn Waring as his supervisor. “Apart from working, I live on a property with seven hectares and have three houses; so managing work, home responsibilities and doing research was significant work load but there was a great deal of support. It was very stimulating and a great privilege”


News from Dunedin

Yogafest in Otago University

Brother Jiivan and Didi A, Anuprabha held a weekend Yogafest for the regular Yoga students. Classes on food, Layers of mind, meditation, Prout were given by Dada Shuddhatmananda, Jiivan and sister Manika. Didi gave a cooking class next day at her Jagrti to few students.

Yogafest, Otago University, Dunedin

Class by Dada Shuddhatmananda

News from Townsville

In June Townsville margiis, together  with Dada Jitendrananda and Didi Ananda Shamita, had a stall at the Townsville Eco Fiesta which is held every year in the beautiful Queen’s Gardens in central Townsville.      Sister Niti had made Bliss Balls which attracted folk and we handed out flyers about Ananda Marga and were able to get contact emails and phone numbers,  promising free yoga classes at Alligator Creek when the planned Meditation Hall is ready.      Several brothers and sisters learnt meditation while Dada and Didi were here.

House warming ceremony of Niti & Amalendu

Bro. Amalendu and Sis. Niti and the children moved to a large property at Alligator Creek.    We had a house warming ceremony and  Bro. Achu from Brisbane was able to attend as it coincided with a hockey match he played  in Townsville.   Amalendu is renovating a building,  previously used as a garage and store, for a Meditation Hall.

Niti and Amalendu’s new house in Townsville

In July Sis. Rosemary joined the Adani Mine protest outside the Labour Party Conference in Townsville.   It was televised on local news.   There was quite a large police presence and Sis. Rosemary greeted  them and said that there wouldn’t be any trouble as most of the protesters were grandparents!     One of the policemen said that her sign ‘Jobs for the future – Renewables’ was the best he’d seen.



Good News from Fiji

Lecture at the temple

Dada Shuddhatmananda Visited Fiji in the end of January. He collected all the legal papers and engaged margii to look after the land. We have 8 acres of land near Tabua which is just 45 minutes drive from Suva city and can be developed and utilized to open school and childrens home. Dada is going again in November. Dada gave a talk on the contribution of Shiva and Krisna to Human society and talked about Bhagavat Dharma. 45 people attended at Sanatana Dharma Temple in Suva.

Our land in Fiji

Dharma Carka at a Margi’s place


News from Auckland

Raksabandhan celebration

Ananda Marga pracar stall

Every year the Auckland Indian community celebrates Raksabandhan in a local community hall. They also invite us to participate with a stall displaying our prachar materials. This year about 150 people participated. Different cultural dances were performed by Japanese, South Indian, Hare krsna, Indonesian and others.

Addressed by the Minister


News from the Winter conference in Adelaide

The Winter Conference took place in Adelaide, 13 – 16 July in the comfortable Woodhouse Centre. Our special guest was Dada Vikashananda who has been a central worker in the organisation since the 1960s. Dada inspired us with two sessions on Microvita and Sadhana and with numerous stories from his time with Baba. Perhaps the most endearing story was of his final WT examination. Baba took the exam and informed Dada that there would only be one question but that he had to get it right or he would fail. Baba proceeded to ask: “Does Baba love you more than you love Baba, or do you love Baba more than Baba loves you?” Dada immediately answered, “Baba, I love you more than you love me” Baba became annoyed: “Fail!” He said. Baba softened again and said: “OK, I will give you another chance. But this time you must give the right answer.” Baba again asked, “Does baba love you more than you love Baba, or do you love Baba more than Baba loves you?” Dada again answered, “Baba, I love you much more than you love me.” Baba became stern again: “Tsch! I told you you will have to get the question right or you will fail. I will give you one last chance. “Who loves who better, Baba loves you or you love Baba?” Dada replied, “Baba I really feel that I love you much more than you love me.” Baba gave him a mock slap on the cheek and told him he got the answer wrong but He would pass him.

Prabhat Samgiita by Dada Niitiishananda

RAWA artists

A special feature of the retreat was a public concert held at the ultra modern Parks Recreation Centre. Internationally acclaimed exponent of Bharatnatyam (Indian Classical Dance), Dr. Khurshid Shroff, presented her students interpreting Prabhat Samgiita. The audience was moved by the ideation and expertese of the dancers from as young as seven years. This was followed by Chetana dancing her Prabhat Samgiita selection with uplifting exhuberance.

After the conference, Dada Vikashanadna continued to inspire Margiis, visiting Melbourne Sydney, Lismore, Casino, Brisbane, Ananda Palli, Maleny and Gympie.

Family of bliss, Sectorial Winter Conference, Adelaide

Collective meditation

News from Tasmania

Fundraising Dinner

Didi Ananda Ashesa Visited Tasmania where sister Liila had organized a Fundraising dinner for WWD projects in India. They raised $2000 fund from the event.





News from Brisbane

WWD office

Didi’s sectorial office at Brisbane was a very old house which they were thinking to renovate. But by Baba’s grace just opposite on their street a suitable house was for sale which Didi’s purchased. The house is bigger and beautiful.

News from Melbourne

Good News from Melbourne Uni Feb to Aug 2017

1. Observance of Dadhichi Divas.

On 5th March2017, to observe the day of Dadhici Divas the margiis of AMPS Melbourne unit participated in a three hour Akhanda Kiirtan, followed by collective meditation. Margiis who had fasted for 12 hours broke their fast and all had a collective meal.

2. Ananda Purnima Celebration

AMPS Melbourne celebrated Baba’s Birthday very enthusiastically. Dada Saomyakrsnananda spearheaded the decoration of the jagrti with attractive colourful lights, balloons and colourful papers. The whole day program initiated with paincajanya followed by kiirtan, collective meditation, reading of the Vanii, Babas video and collective breakfast. In the afternoon margiis participated in and enjoyed a spiritually uplifting three hour Akhanda Kiirtan. At the end Dad a Saomyakrsnananda did a video presentation about the contribution of Shri P R Sarkar. More than 30 Margiis attended the Program.

3. Seminar on Ananda Marga Spiritual philosophy

On 8th of May 2017, AMPS Melbourne Unit organised a Seminar on Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy at AMPS jagrti. Dada Saomyakrsnananda gave a class on “Ista, Adarsha and Devotion”. More than 15 Margiis attended.

4.Workshop – Applied Science and Practice of Meditation.

Class by Dada Paramatmananda

On 8th July 2017 ,AMPS Melbourne Unit Organised a workshop on “Applied Science and Practice of Meditation” at AMPS Jagrti, Coburg, Melbourne. Ac Vikashananda Avt, Dada Paramtmananda, DadaDivyarupananda, Dada Saomyakrsnananda were present there and answered questions on ths esoteric practice. More than 13 Margiis attended in the program.

5.Regular Yoga classes

Yoga group

AMPS Melbourne unit organises regular yoga classes at AMPS Melbourne Jagrti. Dada Paramatmananda conducts the classes for intermediate students. Dada Saomyakrsnananda takes the class for the beginners. Last two months about 15 initiation took place.

6. AMURT activities.

Under the umbrella of AMURT, the unit participates in a regular weekly service program for homeless, old folks in needy circumstances, unemployed and refugees in Melbourne. More than 30 families are benefitted out of this activity.

7. Shravani Purnima celebrations in Melbourne

Melbourne unit celebrated 2017 Shravani Purnima with a three hour Akanda Kiirtana. Dada Vikashananda was present and gave a talk on the importance of Shavarni Purnima in every Margi’s life. This was followed by Baba’s video and a collective meal, making it a very blissful night indeed.

8. Melbourne Unit Organised International Yoga Day followup

Yoga class by Dada Saomyakrsna

As a followup to the hugely successful International Yoga Day in Melbourne, Sushanta Cakravarty of the AMPS unit, Melbourne organised a yoga seminar with the Bengali Association of Victoria on the 19th August at the Glen Waverly Community Hall. The seminar was in three parts. The first part was a talk given by Dada Paramatmanada on the spiritual aspects of yoga, followed by Dr Naveen Singh on the physical and medical benefits of yoga and finally Dada Saomyakrshnanada conducted a yoga asana class.

The seminar was a success with 35 people attending. The association was impressed with our professional delivery and have requested regular classes to be conducted (which is currently being followed up). Special thanks to Sushanta and Animika for taking the time and effort to organise this event to the highest standard.

Upcoming events




WWD office inauguration




26-28 Sept.


Regional retreat

29 Sept. To 1st Oct.



24-27 Dec.

Ananda Palli

Summer conference

28 Dec. To 3rd Jan. ‘18

Ananda Palli

Ananda Mela

5-10 January

Ananda Palli

Fasting list 2017



Full moon

New moon


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