Most margiis are aware of the importance that Baba gave to the land called Ananda Nagar in India. Baba created extensive plans for Ananda Nagar’s development, including a wide variety of educational, social, medical, agricultural, and economic development projects. There are also over 60 special places called Tantra Pithas where great yogis meditated or where Baba himself engaged in activities (such as sitting in discussions with margiis) that created a very strong vibration for meditation.
When I was in India recently, I became more aware of an important situation that must be addressed. The Ananda Marga United Administration is running a large number of social service projects at Ananda Nagar, and they are currently doing a good job of managing the regular funding of those programs to keep them going. However, the total amount of land in use at Ananda Nagar is about 1100 acres. Because of local land use and ownership laws, there must be evidence that each plot of land is being used and developed, or else the West Bengal government can capture the underutilized plots of lands and use them for their own political purposes (in ways that will gain their political party more votes). Some steps are being taken for under-utilized land, such as planting trees to make Ananda Nagar “greener” in the future, but this will in-and-of-itself not be enough.
As a straightforward and long-term solution to this threat of losing Ananda Nagar property, it has been decided to buy a large, moveable, earth-moving machine (called a “JCB” in India) that can work on the plots of land. The JCB will show we are using each plot of land, and will accomplish needed work on the plots of land that we would otherwise have to pay large amounts of money for. The JCB can also be rented out to other local people to generate income. The financial responsibility to purchase the JCB has been divided up among the sectors. New York Sector has been requested to contribute $8,000. This is a do-able amount for such an important project. If you would like to help contribute to sustaining Ananda Nagar property for Baba’s Mission, or would like more information, please contact Dada Jyotiriishananda (firstname.lastname@example.org) phone 714-853-2741, or Vishvadeva (email@example.com) phone 541-344-5538.