About the Shri Sadashiva Charitamrit from Dieter Jahnke
I should like to keep you informed with regard to the translation of the Sadāshivacharitāmrita, Shri Babaji’s book for mankind. So far, about 520 of 1300 pages have been translated. The quality of the translation is consistently brilliant and equivalent to the original. Thanks to Prof. Dr. D. B. Kapp for mastering this translation. If donations continue to be forthcoming the book is likely go to press during 2019. The delay is partly due to Prof. Dr. Kapp spending about two months each year in India in order to continue his research among the Alu-Kurumbas who live in the Nilgiri Hills of South India. After its publication, it will be accessible to all interested people.
A number of the stanzas of the ‘Sadāshivacharitāmrita’ are very sophisticated as, partly, they deal with the techniques of practical yōga, hatha-yōga, and manasā-yoga (control of the mind) of Haidakhandi Babaji. The mind seeks to recover its originally pure, centred form, from being diverted by the senses.
Two stanzas stand out from chapter 9 of the ‘Sadāshivacharitāmrita’:
- Having performed the sādhanas, he will attain the fruit of his birth. By obtaining the richness of the sādhanas, he will be happy and contented. For the well-being of the mankind, I shall teach you the manasā-yoga and so make known to you the victory over the true nature of the mind.
- Within the framework of the ‘Sadāshivacharitāmrita’, he has integrated the incomparable life histories of Rāma, Krishna and Shiva and the true nature of the Sadguru as well. He gave support to all religions and creeds. Whoever reads this book, will attain all siddhis and, by the grace of the Sadguru, an excellent path will open up for him.
So please continue to donate toward the costs of this translation:
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In the Autumn of last year we received the following letter, which led to some lively discussions between those of us who work on the Journal. Ed.
The Other Side of the Story ? from Patsy – 25th September 2016
As much as the Journal is without doubt a beautiful looking and well put together magazine, it is also the same old thing, when you’ve read one letter or article, there are usually 10 more of the same ilk. Nobody wants to be controversial. Nobody wants to rock the boat. Occasionally someone writes something different, but not often enough. It’s as though it’s appeasing Vishnu rather than bringing in Shiva/Nataraj to jazz it up.
For instance, nowhere in the last Journal was there any mention of what it’s like living with so many asylum seekers/immigrants coming into their communities and how do they feel about it. How are they doing with communicating and integrating with these new people? Does their way of life feel threatened and what are they doing to come to terms with so many changes. This sort of article and our reaction to it gets us all going. Makes us think more and learn from each other. It can also be reassuring and comforting. Being politically correct all the time stops us from being honest, masks our feelings and stops us growing.
Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree. I don’t know. I can only put it out there and see what happens. I do, however, feel that most readers will continue to glance through their Journal (as usual) and give no feedback (as usual), unless something a bit controversial is introduced. I’m also aware that I’m a born and bred city dweller who’s more urban than urbane and therefore constantly in the thick of what’s going on in my city rather than what’s going on in Ashrams. In this regard, I do feel out in the cold at times when reading the Journal and writing this email has helped me overcome it.
Here follows a response to Patsy’s letter from Mukundi in France:
I found the last Journal very interesting, with such a wide range of what Service can be from the ‘Only be happy’ to the service started by Babaji Himself to the community. There were great lessons also from India on Service and I thought that this part is really lacking in the Western Babaji community. The link to the Journal website was shared on Facebook and you should know that many people liked and shared it.
I think Patsy is right when she says nobody wants to be controversial or wants to rock the boat, but I see it as an attempt to work together in harmony and putting the ego aside. Constructive controversy is not easy, and if the controversy has no other purpose than to bring some people against others or to criticise what some people are trying to build without bringing some new ideas, it is pointless. Criticism is very easy, building something takes time, no we don’t want to rock the boat, we are busy trying to keep it afloat.
Perhaps the journal should also have news or articles about current world issues like refugees, terrorism, etc? It could be very interesting to have articles on current topics with a different angle than in the normal news. Patsy’s remark also reminded me of a Babaji devotee who wrote something, on Facebook maybe, on his experience trying to help refugees at a border. Perhaps the Journal could also have practical columns such as on sadhana, or the point of puja, to help people improve their daily practice. I think one gets out of the Journal and the community what one puts in and I would recommend to Patsy not to stay passive, but to become more active (she has already started by writing her letter) by writing the article about refugees she is longing for or introducing constructive controversy that she feels is missing. All the usual newspapers have perfectly understood that positive and constructive things can seem boring, and negative, controversial and sensationalist articles are more ‘saleable’. Patsy’s letter also reminds me of the few whom we don’t hear about, fulfilling silently their commitment of service to the Babaji community. To me the Journal is a sincere attempt to build and grow communication, understanding, tolerance, inspiration, love and harmony in our Babaji community.