The Magic mirror

From boyhood, Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar was knowledgeable in various branches and sub-branches of Sádhaná.

Spiritual practices are broadly divided into three broad categories.

1.Vidya 2. Avidya and 3. Upavidya.

Sadáshiva was the exponent of these branches of Spiritual practices 7000 years ago as per Ba’ba’.

Here I would like to say a few words on Upavidya sádhaná’. One might have heard of nakha darpan’a or nail-gazing and spha’tika darpan’a or crystal gazing. Any practitioner who has perfected nakha darpan’a may use a fingernail like a mirror to see into the past or the future of a petitioner.

A crystal can be used in the same way; the image created is just like the screen of a television.

Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar was adept in upavidya even as a student.

Before giving any readings of this sort, HE would instruct the interested person to seek the prior permission of HIS mother, Abharani.

Close relatives and friends of the Shrii Sarkar family knew about this unique talent of Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.

Communications abroad was cutoff because of the war and many relatives were worried about their dear ones.

Concerned parents were approaching Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar for information about their children living abroad or for instance, somebody had died and bereaved relatives wanted consolation about the dead one.

Such type of anxious and inquisitive people would plead with Smt.Abharani to give permission for readings from her Son.

After receiving permission from mother, Shrii Prabhat  Ranjan would take the person inside a room and keep the privacy from having any disturbance during this process.

In a corner of that room there was a medium sized looking glass.

The petitioner would sit in chair in the corner of the room and Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar would sit on a Meditation seat on the other side of the room.

He or she would be asked to gaze into the mirror. In a few minutes a picture would emerge in the mirror. Through this image, questioners could see their loved ones and could understand about their well being.

For years Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar relieved the hearts of many anxious parents and relatives through that mirror, although HE would feel indisposed after each reading.

Smt.Abharani finally smashed that magic mirror out of concern for her son’s health and Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar stopped giving readings of this sort.

In 1982, HE composed a song about this Magic mirror for HIS Prabha’ta Sam’giita collection.

Song no. 10 – Maya Mukure ke kii bhabe kii kare has been given by Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar .

An interesting story regarding this ability of Ma’rga Guru’s comes to my mind. It happened perhaps in 1969. An advocate from Gouhati had come to the ashram in Ranchi.

Bábá was then in Ranchi and giving General Darshan to about sixty devotees. An advocate from Gouhati had come to the ashram in Ranchi.

The Discourse was on the ever changing nature of the Universe.

Bábá was explaining that nothing in this world is permanent. One’s name, address, so-called caste, or other considerations are always changing. That is why from the view point of Absolute no one has either permanent dress or address.

In one life a person may be a European wearing a shirt and trousers and in another be born in the rural surroundings of a different country wearing a dhoti and kurta.

Marga Guru(MG) Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti then turned to that advocate and said, “Look towards this glass tumbler in MY hand. You will see an image emerging,” the advocate continued to gaze steadfastly at the tumbler. After a while a scene emerged. Bábá asked, “What image do you see?”

The advocate replied, “I see an aged gentlemen wearing a dhoti, kurta and wrapped in a shawl. He has a long tuft of hair (a sign of an orthodox Hindu), he is in the city in West Bengal going somewhere in a hand-drawn rickshaw.”

Bábá asked, “Do you recognize the gentleman?” the advocate shook his head and the Ba’ba’ continued”, Sixty four years ago you were that aged man.

You were born in a Bhattacharya Family in Nadia, West Bengal. Even then you were an advocate.

So you now understand that there is nothing like a permanent dress or address for anyone….

Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar spent HIS years during the war doing all types of things.

The Second World War left many scars in the peoples’ mind all over the world.

In the course of 25 years two world wars were fought.

Property and lives were devastated and people started searching for the ways and means to get peace.

The League of Nations was reorganized as the United Nations Organization.

One after another colonies in Asia, Africa, Middle and South America gained their Independence from Imperialist powers through massive people’s movements.

Pakistan and India attained their Independence from the colonial rule of Britain on August 14th and 15th, 1947 respectively and made their places on the map of the world.

Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar had already finalized HIS plans for the future.

HE was just twenty six years old….. the pattern is the same for all seekers of liberation.

Whenever an intense urge arises for Mukti (liberation) or Mokśa (salvation) in the heart of anyone, immediately that Sádhaka comes in contact with the true Spiritual Preceptor or Sadguru.

One who has learned Sádhaná from a Sadguru and has earnestly practiced through Pran’ipa’ta (surrender), Pariprashna (spiritual inquiry) and Seva (service), achieves oneness with Paramapuruśa in the end by the Grace of the Supreme Entity.

When a Mukta Puruśa comes to guide the way to all round liberation for humanity, with HIM comes a group of close companions and followers.

That Shrii Krs’n’a & the Pandavas were born at the same time in the Maha’bha’rata age was not a mere coincidence.

For Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji there would be no exception to this pattern.

Because of this manifest law of the Spiritual world, many truth-seekers came in contact with Bábá one after another.

Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar tested their Spiritual longing, Devotion and sincerity, then taught them the deep secrets of Spiritual life.

Those who came to Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar at this time included Pranay Kuman Chattopadhyaya of Hooghly, Halaprasad Haldar of Nadia, Dr. Sachinandan Mandal of Birbhum, Shivshankar Banerjee of Bhagalpur, Chandranath kumar of Muzaffarpur, Kishunji Singh of Bihar, Nagina Prasad Singh of Muzaffarpur, Gopendranath MukHErjee of Calcutta, Virendra kumar Asthana of Delhi, Haragovind Mandal of Bankura, Rasamaya Das of Karimganj, Assam, Bindeshvarji Sigh of Jamalpur, Baban Tewari, Rajnarayan Mishra of Muzaffarpur, Rampari kumar of Muzaffarpur, Dr.Vishvanath Singh of Bihar, Diipanarayan Singh of Saharsa, Arun Mazumdar of Monghyr, Taradas Ganguli of Monghyr, Harisadhan Ghosh of Jamalpur, Prabodh Mitra of Calcutta, Shishir Dutta of Jamalpur, Jitendra Tyagi of Delhi, Raguvir Prasad of Bareilly, Shripati Ray of Ballia( now Ac’ Shraddhananda Avt.), Mahadev Prasad of Bhagalpur, Natkhat Kedar of Saharsa, Dr. Nagendra Prasad Singh of Patna, Sukumar Bose of Jamalpur, Indubhusan Chatterjee of Calcutta, Shivanath Mukerjee of Monghyr, Krishnachandra Pal of Howrah, Govind Haldar of Nadia, Ragunath Ray of Bhagalpur, Rameshvar Baitha, Dasarath Ojha, Bhagavati Prasad, Ramchandra Tewari, Kuldip Narayan Dubey, Biren Banerjee of Hoogly, Dr. Subodh Chatterjee of Jamalpur, Kumud Bandhu Dutta of Jamalpur, Babunandan Singh of Madhepura and Krishna Bahadhur.

There were many others alongside these first disciples.

IN 1946 the British Government announced that it would grant freedom to India and Pakistan in 1947 and started its departure preparations.

The situation was no different in Jamalpur, there was an urgency to fill the vacancies. A high powered railway service commission was formed.

It issued a circular that new appointments would be made to fill the vacancies. Many young men from different states of India applied for those positions then after numerous interviews the commission made its new appointments.

When the newly hired employees joined the work force in Jamalpur, housing became a problem. Only a small number were able to get into the railway quarters allotment.

Unmarried young men got together and started private boarding houses.

One was the Bandhava Sammelani mess. Almost all the members of this mess came in close contact with Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.

They were all attracted to HIS charismatic personality. This was before the Ananda Marga was founded.

The Sádhakas knew their Guru only as Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, the secrecy of their Spiritual practices was so strictly kept that none of them realized that there was anyone else involved.

Each one used to think that he was only disciple of Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.

Their Sádhaná was performed either in the privacy of their homes or alone in the forest or other natural surroundings. This instruction was fully followed by all HIS early disciples.

Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar kept a close watch on the lives of HIS followers through HIS Omniscient power.

HE could see any slight deviation or laxity in HIS disciples observance of Yama and Niyama (the 10 cardinal principles of Morality).

If they showed the least negligence or laziness in practicing their Meditation then HE carefully performed HIS duty as a true master.

Pranay Chatterjee said, “Observing only a slight indifference or mistake in our Sádhaná, Ba’ba’ would point out those defects to us at the first opportunity.

Every Sádhaka felt that two unseen eyes are always following them.”

Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar was mainly teaching the Tantrika Meditation at this time.

HE also taught Tantra and Ra’ja’dhira’j Yoga whenever HE found a deserving candidate.

It’s impossible to say exactly what Ba’ba’ taught to different persons at that time.

Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar taught all three – subtle aspects of Tantra Yoga, Ra’ja’dhiraj Yoga and Vidya’ Tantra to disciples depending on their Mental elevation.

Both Master and Disciple maintained confidentiality regarding the process of Sádhaná.

Ba’ba’ would direct aspirants to follow the 10 principles of Morality before teaching them Sádhaná.

When Marga Guru was certain of the moral standard and the spiritual longing of a person, Bábá would then teach them Tantrika Diiksa.

Many Sádhakas from that time have preserved with care the papers on which Bábá wrote instructions. the following is a sample of some of those instructions….

In those times Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar used to attend HIS office work regularly and would maintain HIS normal relationships with HIS relatives, friends and colleagues although HIS mind would remain with HIS sincere devotees.

Whenever HE found time or opportunity, HE met with them separately answering their questions and HE encouraged people to move on the path of spirituality. HE warned the Sádhakas about the occult powers that create impediments on spiritual path.

In this way, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti lovingly guided all who came to HIM.