4. Miscellaneous

1) Everyone should sit on equal seats for dharmacakra and meals.

2) Before killing birds and animals for food, you must think a hundred times whether you can stay alive without killing them.

3) A country can be conquered by force of arms but the mind cannot. Those who have taken to sádhaná to conquer the mind are true soldiers. The aim of Ananda Margis is to conquer the Universal Mind. To achieve that, they will have to acquire the qualities of soldiers. They will have to keep especially strict vigilance on unity and order. Do not allow distinctions to crop up among Ananda Margis. Unity should be maintained even at the risk of one’s life. Do not under any circumstances allow individual interest to stand in the way of collective interest.

4) Do not allow any wealth of the world to go to waste; take especially active steps to prevent the waste of food, fuel and water.

5) The mutative force is a hundred thousand times more powerful than the static force, and the sentient force is a hundred thousand times more powerful than the mutative force; hence you should not be afraid of any force in the universe.

6) Remember, until every person in the universe accepts the Ananda Marga ideology, you have no opportunity to rest.

7) Property entrusted to you by anybody should be carefully preserved, and you should continually strive to return it to the rightful owner.

8) In the case of unclaimed property, search for the rightful owner, and return it without taking any reward. For this work you can take help from governmental authorities where possible. If the owner is not found, the property should be made over to the state or donated to some public welfare institution, If there is a possibility of its deteriorating or otherwise becoming destroyed, sell it in the presence of five people (including one ácárya) and dispose of the money in the above manner.

9) Always be prepared to serve the Marga. For the sake of the Marga ideology do not be sparing, even of your life. Remember, in laying down one’s life with a great ideal in mind, mokśa is inevitable. This is the reward of death in the war of dharma.

10) It is a bigger thing to put one lesson into action than to hear many. You should put into action every lesson in your life.

1956, Jamalpur

5. Paiṋcadasha Shiila (The Fifteen Rules of Behaviour)

1. Forgiveness.
2. Magnanimity of mind.
3. Perpetual restraint on behaviour and temper.
4. Readiness to sacrifice everything of individual life for Ideology.
5. All-round self-restraint.
6. Sweet and smiling behaviour.
7. Moral courage.
8. Setting an example by individual conduct before asking anybody to do the same.
9. Keeping aloof from criticizing others, condemning others, mudslinging and all sorts of groupism.
10. Strict adherence to the principles of Yama and Niyama.
11. Due to carelessness, if any mistake has been committed unknowingly or unconsciously, one must admit it immediately and ask for punishment.
12. Even while dealing with a person of inimical nature, one must keep oneself free from hatred, anger and vanity.
13. Keeping oneself aloof from talkativeness.
14. Obedience to the structural code of discipline.
15. Sense of responsibility.

1975, Jamalpur

6. Conduct Rules for Sádhakas

1. Observing Paiṋcadasha Shiila (15 Shiilas) in daily life.
2. Following directions in connection with physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects of life given in Caryácarya (Parts 1, 2 and 3).
3. Observing uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of Iśt́a, Ádarsha, the Supreme Command and the Conduct Rules.
4. Strictly adhering to the code of 16 Points. (In addition, there are separate conduct rules for householder ácáryas, whole-timers, local full-timers, local part-timers, táttvikas, ácáryas and avadhútas.

1975, Patna