In August 2014 an incredible group of 53 volunteers repeated an adventure that started in 1998, selling vegetarian food at music festivals in Portugal: Andanças Festival and simultaneously at the Boom Festival. Funds were raised for the development of Ananda Kalyani Master Unit in Portugal, plus donations to other AMURT/AMURTEL social service projects around the world.
In the beautiful Danish countryside, 170 people attended the 2014 Global Prout Convention at Ananda Gaorii Master Unit, Vig, Denmark.
Jaya Brekke opened the conference, as she has for several years, with a report on the impact of austerity measures in Greece, Spain and the Ukraine and resistance movements to them, screening the documentary she made, Future Suspended. Dr. Ed McKenna, Professor of Economics at Connecticut College in USA, gave three inspiring classes: Spirituality and Finance, Causes of the Economic Crisis, and The Way Forward. A video about the movement Future Tasmania ended with a videoconference interview of Liila Hass. Dada Madhuvidyananda gave a talk about sadvipras and a class about the Prout political party he has started in Germany. Ramesh Bjonnes and Govinda gave classes about four interconnected crises: finance, inequality, resources and the environment. Satya Tanner organized duty co-ops and presented Organizing Effective Teams. Hiranmaya from USA gave a workshop on Integrating Prout with Local Food Movements. Divyajyoti presented The History and Potential of a Nordic Union. Frands Frydendal and Martin Wozniak gave workshops on Sociocratic Decision-Making and The Dragon Dreaming Method. Candela Vargas gave a workshop on non-violent communication.
The most inspiring part of the conference was amazing news reports about Prout work around the world. Dada Vandanananda gave news of 14 active samaj movements in India. Didi Ananda Devapriya and Diipanii told about the inspiring work they are doing with the European Roma Movement and the NGO community in Romania. The Prout Research Institute of Portugal and the PROUTugal Movement are doing great work. Other great news came from Prout work in Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, UK, Ireland and Germany. Dada Maheshvarananda gave a workshop, Strategy Ideas for Implementing Prout and news about the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela.
This interview on Prout was shot at the conference:
Meanwhile, Prout Blocks are being established all around the world. This one in Manchester!
ChatGPT gives remarkably good responses to the questions:
"What is Ananda Marga?" "What is Neohumanism?" "What is Prout?"
On Ananda Marga:
Ananda Marga, which translates to "Path of Bliss," is a global spiritual and socio-economic organization founded by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar) in 1955. It is based on the principles of Neohumanism, spiritual growth, social service, and progressive social change.
Ananda Marga seeks to address the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of individuals and society as a whole. The organization promotes a holistic approach that integrates spiritual practices, social activism, and personal development.
Key aspects and activities of Ananda Marga include:
1. Spiritual Practices: Ananda Marga encourages individuals to cultivate spiritual growth and self-realization through the practice of meditation, yoga, and other spiritual disciplines. These practices aim to foster inner transformation, promote self-awareness, and develop a deep connection with the divine.
2. Social Service and Welfare: Ananda Marga emphasizes the importance of selfless service and actively engages in various social welfare initiatives. These activities include providing education, healthcare, disaster relief, environmental conservation, and community development projects. Ananda Marga runs schools, hospitals, and vocational training centers in many countries.
3. Neohumanism: Neohumanism, a philosophy developed by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, is an integral part of Ananda Marga's approach. It promotes universal love, compassion, and the well-being of all beings, transcending boundaries of nationality, race, or species. Neohumanism encourages an expanded sense of identity and social responsibility.
4. Progressive Utilization Theory (Prout): Ananda Marga incorporates the principles of Prout, which advocates for a socio-economic model based on equity, self-sufficiency, and cooperative ownership. Prout aims to create a just and sustainable society that ensures the maximum utilization and rational distribution of resources.
5. Educational Institutions: Ananda Marga operates schools and educational institutions worldwide, providing holistic and value-based education that integrates academic excellence, character development, and spiritual values.
Ananda Marga has centers and members in numerous countries, and its activities span various domains, including spirituality, social service, education, and sustainable development. The organization seeks to foster personal growth, societal transformation, and the establishment of a more harmonious and just world based on spiritual principles and socio-economic equity. ... See MoreSee Less
Neohumanism is a philosophical and social movement that promotes the idea of expanding humanism to include all forms of life and the entire universe. It was developed by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, also known as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, an Indian philosopher, social reformer, and founder of the spiritual organization Ananda Marga.
Neohumanism asserts that humans should embrace a broader sense of identity and responsibility that extends beyond their own species. It emphasizes the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living beings and the environment. Neohumanism encourages individuals to cultivate a sense of empathy, compassion, and universal love towards all forms of life, including animals, plants, and the ecological systems that support them.
Key principles of Neohumanism include:
1. Universal Love and Compassion: Neohumanism promotes a deep sense of love and compassion for all beings, recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of each living entity.
2. Ecological Balance: Neohumanism emphasizes the importance of maintaining ecological balance and harmonious coexistence with the natural world. It recognizes the interdependence of all life forms and the need to protect and preserve the environment.
3. Service and Social Responsibility: Neohumanism encourages individuals to engage in selfless service and actively contribute to the welfare and upliftment of others. It promotes social responsibility and the practice of helping those in need.
4. Spiritual Growth and Self-Realization: Neohumanism recognizes the pursuit of spiritual growth and self-realization as essential aspects of human existence. It advocates for the development of higher consciousness and the realization of one's full potential.
5. Nonviolence and Peace: Neohumanism promotes nonviolence in all aspects of life, advocating for the resolution of conflicts through peaceful means. It rejects any form of discrimination, exploitation, or harm inflicted upon other beings.
Neohumanism provides a holistic framework that seeks to integrate the ethical, social, ecological, and spiritual dimensions of human life. It encourages individuals to expand their circle of concern beyond narrow boundaries and work towards the well-being and harmony of the entire universe. ... See MoreSee Less
Prout, short for "Progressive Utilization Theory," is an economic and social theory proposed by the Indian philosopher and social reformer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, also known as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. Prout was developed in the mid-20th century as a response to perceived inequalities and injustices within existing economic systems.
Prout aims to create a more equitable and sustainable society through a decentralized economic framework. It advocates for local self-sufficiency, cooperative ownership, and the progressive utilization and distribution of resources. The theory emphasizes the well-being of individuals and communities, environmental sustainability, and socio-economic justice.
Key principles of Prout include:
1. Maximum Utilization and Rational Distribution: Prout emphasizes the efficient and rational use of resources, ensuring that everyone's basic needs are met. It promotes equitable distribution to reduce socio-economic disparities.
2. Cooperative Ownership: Prout advocates for cooperative enterprises where workers collectively own and manage the means of production. This system is seen as an alternative to both private capitalism and state-controlled socialism.
3. Economic Decentralization: Prout supports decentralization of economic power, encouraging local self-sufficiency and development. It opposes excessive centralization, which can lead to economic disparities and exploitation.
4. Neohumanism: Prout incorporates the concept of neohumanism, which emphasizes the inherent worth and interconnectedness of all beings. Neohumanism promotes compassion, social responsibility, and the development of human potential.
5. Balanced Economy: Prout promotes a balanced approach to economic development, considering the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities. It seeks to address human needs holistically, rather than focusing solely on material progress.
It's important to note that Prout has primarily been promoted by the followers of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar and has not gained widespread acceptance or implementation on a global scale. Nevertheless, its principles continue to be discussed and explored in various contexts related to alternative economic and social theories. ... See MoreSee Less