By the united efforts of all of you, Durga Ji and myself have moved to a much more suitable residence in Los Angeles. It is a large, beautiful house with all of the necessary arrangements to facilitate my work.
The most important aspect of the house, though, was your love for me which caused you to respond in the way you did. It is a very good sign, for it shows that you are experiencing the peace and bliss contained within my Knowledge. This is what really makes me happy--when you are happy.
So, my blessings and thanks to you for your dedication and devotion for this new house.
Sant Ji Maharaj
HANS JAYANTI IN TORONTO
It's pretty outrageous. We've just digested Guru Puja and now He's calling us together again - Hans Jayanti '74! From Amherst to Toronto … in 3 months, no less.
There was a collective feeling of the premies at Guru Puja that we were coming together as a family - a working unit in which each person feels his intrinsic wholeness, and at the same time his unique and special relationship to Guru Maharaj Ji. Overriding these feelings was the one feeling that made everything else so smooth. That was the intense feeling of love, which comes from the experience of that vibration of Holy Name. We all saw that indeed the Knowledge was the common denominator of our lives - that it was the Knowledge which fostered this feeling of community and the spirit of brotherhood.
Perhaps one of the reasons for this obvious leap in conscious awareness was the marriage of Maharaj Ji and Durga Ji. In her satsang in Copenhagen, Durga Ji said that Maharaj Ji had given her the service of bringing the premies to a more personal relationship with Him. What a gift for us! And as their marriage took place, it created the context for the family to come into play.
And now Hans Jayanti. If we are now a family, it's time to understand our duty. In a biological family the roles are clearly defined. A mother is the mother to her family. The father is the father. And the children also have their own position. It is something which is understood and followed. In this family of man, our family, it is obvious that we each have a responsibility and a particular role and duty to perform. But there is only one way to find out what our true service is, and that is through devotion.
What is devotion? It has something to do with being pointed in one direction and of being constant and focused. If we are divided, our lives are disconnected and separated into parts. But when we understand that there is only one reality underlying our every action, we enter the domain of devotion. Devotion is that all encompassing, love-brimmed feeling of knowing one's purpose in life. Devotion is knowing who is giving that inner direction.
So He has called us again this November. He is gathering His family … and each of us is understanding his participation in this growing and beautiful assembly of premies, coming together to serve His plan for peace. And through this understanding, as a family, we are being set free to do our life's work and to be who we are meant to be in life's play. But, obviously, until we begin to devote ourselves we will never truly learn what our role is. Until our actions are dedicated to Maharaj Ji, they will have no meaning to us. And by His Grace, He is slowly showing us the many ways that we, as individuals, can make our very lives an act of dedication.
Hans Jayanti '74 - All this in one year - Who could ask for more? See you in Toronto.
Asst. Nat'l. Director
by Jim Bass
One boiling afternoon during the Guru Puja bazaar, I fled the heat and sought refuge in the cool atmosphere. and comfortable furniture of the nearby Student Center. I spotted a soft couch, took a seat and was about to close my eyes for a few winks when I noticed a colorful booklet titled, "The Perfect Vacation. It lies within." I was intrigued.
I thought, "Wow, the mission has finally come up with a good approach to propagation. The Perfect Vacation, of course." Before reading on I inspected the front cover, a rather surrealistic drawing like something I'd expect to see on a Don Juan book. The cover shows a smiling man with an open head out of which many wonderful things are spilling. There are visions of waterfalls. tropical fish, palm trees, scuba divers, pineapples and other goodies.
Duly impressed, I opened the booklet, and read, "For years men have searched the globe to find the perfect vacation. But they have been looking in the wrong place. They should have been looking inside themselves" The author suggests that "you should end up with a unique vacation experience that is a reflection of your own inner reality."
Not only that, he says that the perfect vacation means, "experiencing what's inside you, outside you." Wait a minute, I thought. Who wrote this damn thing anyway. I flipped to the back and read "Eastern Airlines, the Wings of Man." Hmm. This wasn't about meditation after all. It was a soft sell for more folks to fly on their airplanes.
Nevertheless, I was fascinated enough to read the pamphlet all the way through, all eighteen pages. The ad language was so close to a premie rap that I couldn't help wondering whether they'd collared a premie to do their copy writing. They might have, I don't know.
With a little scrutiny I realized that the Wings of Man, despite good intentions, has no idea what the Perfect Vacation is all about. The so called "inner reality" they refer to is not Knowledge but the ins and outs of the human personality.
To find the Perfect Vacation Eastern offers the seeker a "vacation analysis." The principle is to fit the vacationer with a holiday that will perfectly mesh with his personal likes and dislikes.
An applicant undergoing "vacation analysis" is asked to complete a lengthy questionnaire that poses questions about his tastes in people, food, hotels, climates and leisure activities. In another section there is a "forced-choice" psychological profile that has the applicant either agree or disagree with a series of given statements. These statements run the gamut from "I like to go to the PTA" to "Happiness is a double martini at the end of the day."
The vacation seeker then sends in his forms (plus a dollar for processing) and waits to hear where he will spend his next days off.
So I sat back in the soft cushions there in the UMass student union and tried to soak up what I had just read. At first I was annoyed that Madison Avenue had finally gotten around to using spirituality to sell goods. I knew it would happen sooner or later, but so soon?
When the advertising men get behind something it's usually a bad omen, like seeing vultures overhead. Madison Ave. has a knack for taking something natural and pure and using it to turn a profit and in the process destroying the beauty.
Take Woodstock for example. A few freaks, quite a few actually, got together to listen to music and boogie. Within a couple months of the event the advertising media had created the "Woodstock Generation" and turned the whole joy of the event into a sales pitch.
I can just imagine what will happen when someone decides to capitalize on the spiritual awakening in America. As I sat there on my couch I wondered what gimmicks they would come up with. A few already came to mind. Coca Cola promotes itself as the "real thing." And you are supposed to be able to "find yourself in the U.S. Air Force.-
Who knows what creations this trend could spawn. Maybe one day we will day."Holy Breath" air freshener or third eye makeup. But I don't think it matters. Knowledge is too powerful even for an old fashioned American sell out.
Once I remembered that I relaxed and my initial irritation gave way. I looked at the Eastern Airlines brochure in another light. So what if they weren't out to give spiritual happiness to the world. That's okay. But at least they suggested that it was possible-andwise-to seek something perfect. Even a perfect vacation.
Besides, they made Force." and think what is a Perfect Vacation, anyway? It's probably an experience that perfectly lifts us out of our daily routines .and refreshes our being with a completely new set of inputs. New feelings, new tastes, new sounds and new sights. A good vacation should lift us out of our ruts and put us in a groove.
I sometimes tell people that a good meditation is like three days in the mountains except that you never have to leave home. It's true. If getting out of town for a few days is such a gas,- just think how refreshing it can be to get out of your body for a little while. There is nothing quite like it.
And we need this sort of vacation. As the booklet said; "A vacation is a necessity, not a luxury." The Perfect Vacation is meditation, is Knowledge. I would add, "Knowledge is a necessity, not a luxury."
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