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What is Ananda Marga

What is Ananda Marga

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WHAT IS ANANDA MARGA? -by Didi Ananda Mitra

1.WHAT IS ANANDA MARGA? 2.FINDING THE RIGHT PATH: GUIDELINES FOR THE SPIRITUAL SEEKER 3. MEDITATION: EXPANDING OUR HUMAN POTENTIAL 4.WHY DO WE TEACH MEDITATION FOR FREE? 5. FOOD FOR HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS 6. Morality And Social Progress 7. Education for A Universal Society Ananda Marga is more than a world wide spiritual group, teaching scientific practices of self-development freely to all. It is more than a social service organisation helping the need
WHAT IS ANANDA MARGA? -by Didi Ananda Mitra

1.WHAT IS ANANDA MARGA? 2.FINDING THE RIGHT PATH: GUIDELINES FOR THE SPIRITUAL SEEKER 3. MEDITATION: EXPANDING OUR HUMAN POTENTIAL 4.WHY DO WE TEACH MEDITATION FOR FREE? 5. FOOD FOR HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS 6. Morality And Social Progress 7. Education for A Universal Society Ananda Marga is more than a world wide spiritual group, teaching scientific practices of self-development freely to all. It is more than a social service organisation helping the need

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WHAT IS ANANDA MARGA?-by Didi Ananda Mitra1.WHAT IS ANANDA MARGA?2.FINDING THE RIGHT PATH:GUIDELINES FOR THE SPIRITUAL SEEKER3. MEDITATION: EXPANDING OUR HUMAN POTENTIAL4.WHY DO WE TEACH MEDITATION FOR FREE?5. FOOD FOR HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS6. Morality And Social Progress7. Education for A Universal SocietyAnanda Marga is more than a world wide spiritual group, teaching scientific practices of self-development freely to all. It is more than a social service organisation helping the needy and neglected of all nations to achieve freedom from want.Ananda Marga is a dynamic blend of inner discovery and social activism. As an organization, it is unique m the history of the world. It has emerged as a globalforce at a time in human history when there is the greatest need for a holistic approach to the world's problems--economic crisis, psychic alienation, disunity and strife.The solution begins with a change in the individual--physically, mentally and spiritually, through scientific practices that develop all one's potentialities.Gradually as we perfect ourselves, we more ase our ability to deal effectively with the changes of life and solve the problems of society. And as our minds expand, we transcend the artificial bar riers and superficial prejudices of rave, creed and nation which divide us: we unite together and work actively to liberate all humanity from economic and psychic exploitation, and build a healthy and harmonious human society. Ananda Marga is a universal movement of people dedicated to its goal of "Self-realization for self, and welfare for all humanity."Ananda Marga is a universal movement of people dedicated to its goal of "Self-realization for self, and welfare for all humanity."1. What are the Principles of Ananda Marga?The spiritual ideoloy of Ananda Marga recognizes every creature to be the expression of one universal Supreme Consciousness, and thus all human beings, animals and plants are potentially divine. We can realize our inherent divinity bysincere and regular meditation, which leads us to the center of our Self, thelimitless ocean of peace and Consciousness within. Ananda Marga literal means "The Path of Bliss" --the way that leads both the individual and society on to the highest.2. What are the Practices of Ananda Marga?In all human beings there is one common desire the constant, restless search for real and lasting happiness, for inner peace. The practical way to fulfils this universal yearning of all humanity, is meditation. Meditation is not a religious but a scientific practice of mental expansion. In meditation we learn todive deep within our minds and harness the infinite potentiality within us all.
 
During meditation we concentrate on a special vibrating sound, called a mantrawhich is like a harmonious music deep within our mind. The mantra provides a focal point for our concentration, enabling it to go beyond its restless stream ofthoughts and images and become one with that blissful source of universal consciousness from which we have all come. In all human beings there is one common desire the constant, restless search for real and lasting happiness, for inner peace. The practical way to fulfil this universal yearning of all humanity, is meditation.3. What are the Benefits of Meditation?Scientific research on the physiological effects of meditation shows that it relaxes the body, lowers the rate of heartbeat and respiration, and induces a calmand alert state of mind characterised by the generation of alpha brain waves.During meditation the mind experiences a state of profound rest, even deeper than sleep, and much energy is accumulated for later use m dynamic work in the world. As the mind is gradually expanded and strengthened through the practice ofmeditation, the meditator experiences many benefits m all aspects of life: heightened awareness, concentration and memory, and increased physical and mental effiviency. In resent studies it was found that even after only six months of meditation twice a day, people experienced a decrease in depression, hostility and stress, less irritability, and the disappearance of all their psychosomatic disorders such as colds, headaches and msomnia. The most frequently reported benefitwas the ability to think clear and handle stress: the meditators said they feltmore alert and enjoyed life more them ever before. But Ananda Marga meditation is more them simply a relaxation and concentration technique. Those who meditateregularly experience a more and more profound feeling of the essential unity ofall creation. This deep love for all beings which is awakened through meditationinspires and strengthens one commitment to work for social justice, for the welfare of all. Social change begins with the transformation of individuals: the practice of meditation is the most effective way to great benevolent leaders who will establish a new, truly humanistic society on Earth. Those who meditate regularly experience a more and more profound feeling of the essential unity of all creation.This deep love for all beings which is awakened through meditation in spires andstrengthens our commitment to work for social justice, for the welfare of all.4. What are the Other Spiritual Practices of Ananda Marga?Ananda Marga "acharyas" (trained yoga instructors) not only teach meditation free of charge but also teach the important practices of the 16 Points, a completesystem of physical, mental and spiritual disciplnes for all-around self-development, including systems of bath and exercises. The physical exercises of yoga (asanas) balance the glandular secretions, tone up the muscles and nervous system,stimulate the circulation, and massage the internal organs. Asanas also help control the emotions, especially negative fillings such as fear, anxiety and anger;for emotional states are triggered by glandular secretions and healthy, balanced glands result in balanced emotions. By the regular practice of asana postures,the body remains agile, young and healthy, the mind is calm and controlled(self-truth), and many diseases may be prevented or cured.5. What is the Role of Morality in the Ananda Marga Movement?Morality is the essential foundation for spiritual practices, for without trulybenevolent behaviour and mental harmony, self-realization is impossible. Todaythere is a growing need for ethical standards in social life, and a deepening desire for moral leadership. The moral principles taught by Ananda Marga give clear and practical guidelines for harmony within one-self and between oneself andothers, and provide a strong formation upon which a truly progressive human society cam be built.
 
In brief, these ten guidelines are:(1) Non-injury to any creature by thought, word or deed(2) Benevolent trutifulness(3) Non-stealing(4) Awareness of the oneness of all of creation'(5) Non-indulgence in such luxuries of life which may deprive others of their basic necessities, and disrupt the ecology of our planet(6) Physical and mental purity(7) Inner contentment and mental equilibrium(8) Selfless service(9) Deep understanding of the universal truths underlying the world's great scriptures(10) Self-realization through inner contemplation on the Supreme Consciousness.These are the universal values which are urgently needed today to establish a unified human society.Morality is the essential foundation for spiritual practices, for without trulybenevolent behavior and mental harmony, self realization is impossible. Todaythere is a growing need for ethical standards in social life, and a deepening desire for moral leadership.6. What is Neo-Humanism?Neo-Humanism is the underlying philosophy of Ananda Marga. It is based on the inner realisation, through meditation, of the oneness of all of creation. Neo-Humanism teaches that this universe is for all, not for human beings only, and thusit is a new exrepretation of traditional humanism: the recognition that human beings, as the most thoughtful and intelligent beings in this universe, must accept the great responsibility of taking care of the entire creation. Neo-Humanismhas become a global movement to unite all human beings into one world family, and to provide a-congenial environment on earth for the welfare of every creature not only humans, but also animals and plants. Neo-Humanism has become a global movement to unite all human beings into one world family, and to provide a congenial environment on earth for the welfare of every creature--not only humans, but also amimals and plants. It is a movement of spiritual ecology and socialjustice, to liberate all people from the narrow, dogmatic consciousness which perpetuates imequality and exploitation, and sets race against race, nation against nation, creed against creed, and humans against nature. In the age of rampamt materialism, the Neo-Humanistic awareness of the spiritual oneness underlying this material world, will protect humanity from the onslaughts of materialismand provide a soothing balm in every sphere of life. Neo-Humanism is not merelya holistic ideology--it is the expression of love for all beings of this universe.7. Who is the Founder of Ananda Marga and When Was It Established ?The founder and spiritual head of Ananda Marga is P.R. Sarkar, a spiritual teacher and social leader of unparalleled wisdom. From his early childhood in Bihar,India, where he was born m 1921, P.R. Sarkar has been attracting others by his deep, compassionate love for humanity and guiding them along the path of self-realization. Adjusting the ancient science of Tantra Yoga to meet the needs of thisage, he developed a scientific and rational spiritual philosophy and a system of practical disciplines for physical, mental and spiritual development.Recognising him as a spiritually realized Master, his followers called him "Shrii Shrii Anandamurti" which means, "He who attracts others as the embodiment of blss,- or simply "Baba, (Father).In 1955, while still leading a normal family life as a railway official, P.R. Sarkar formed the organization Ananda Marga, and began training missionary monks a

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