About Ananda Marga

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Ananda means “bliss” and Marga means “path.”

So Ananda Marga means “Path of Bliss.”

Bliss is infinite happiness. It is the fundamental desire of human beings. “There is in the living being a thirst for limitlessness.” Humans can never be satisfied by limited things. They may give us pleasure for a while, but not long-lasting satisfaction. A limited object can only give a temporary and limited amount of happiness. But only infinite happiness will satisfy us. So how are we to attain it? By expanding our awareness to infinity; by transforming our individual limited experience into the cosmic experience of the unlimited: infinite happiness; perfect peace and contentment – bliss.

Ananda Marga is the name of the system which allows us to do just that. It is an optimal selection of those techniques and practices that lead to the total experience of infinite peace and happiness – what we call “self-realisation.” It is an ideology and way of life; a systematic and scientific process for the fulfillment of all human needs: physical, mental and spiritual. It is introversial, intuitional practice; with techniques ranging from personal hygiene to yoga postures; from social service to meditation. Its goal is the all-round elevation of human beings, both individually and collectively, in all spheres of human existence: individual, social, economic, intellectual and spiritual. It is a total response to human longing and aspiration.

As an organisation, Ananda Marga has a global network of centers in virtually every country of the world. Its activities encompass a wide range of projects for the welfare of humanity, animals, plants and the whole planet. These include yoga and meditation centers, schools, children’s homes, food distribution centers, disaster relief, medical centers and community development projects. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of the local people and assisting them in developing their personal and social resources for the prosperity of all.

Meditation calms the central nervous system, as well as the breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

It stills the senses and calms and focuses the mind, helping to develop clarity. It enables one to go within the deeper layers of mind and concentrate on thoughts that awaken one’s potentiality and elevate one’s life.

group singing

Yogic dances are psycho-physical exercises which benefit the mind by developing physical and mental stamina and strength.

The Kaoshikii dance, pictured above, develops the subtler layers of mind, strengthening one’s endeavour to establish a link between the finite and the infinite in one’s consciousness.

A yogic lifestyle leads to a natural desire to help others, especially the needy and underprivileged.

Contributing to a service project, and looking upon the world as one’s own global community, can lead to greater depth in meditation.

The philosophy of Ananda Marga is one of universalism. It is an all-embracing outlook, recognizing God as the one limitless supreme consciousness, with all beings of the universe part of the one cosmic family.

It recognises that a balance is needed between the spiritual and mundane aspects of existence, and that neither one should be neglected at the expense of the other. Hence the goal of Ananda Marga is “Self-realization and the welfare of the universe.”

Ananda Marga is a revolution. It is not only a spiritual revolution, but also an economic, social and mental revolution. The economic system, the social structure, the trend of thinking and the spiritual practices prescribed in Ananda Marga are not only new, but something quite different from the established ideas and practices in these spheres of life.

Ananda Marga is not a change merely due to the cycle of time, but a revolution – a radical change – in the true sense. In Ananda Marga a [sannyásii, a monk] is as good a member of society as an ordinary family person earning his or her own living and maintaining his or her family.

Uncredited quotes by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti)

Our Activities

We teach Meditation

  • Free of Charge (always)
  • Qualified yogic monk / nun teachers
  • We teach spiritual songs and chants
  • We advise personalised yoga postures and diet plans

We run Events

  • Introductory talks/seminars on meditation
  • Run introductory meditation retreats
  • Talks, study circles, seminars and workshops on the spiritual philosophy of Ananda Marga
  • Hold local, regular Collective meditation programmes

And also….

  • We promote holistic health
    • Yoga postures and dance
    • healthy diet and vegetarianism
  • We promote universal fraternity amongst all human beings
    • Neohumanistic education
  • We perform service to humanity
    • Art for service and blessedness
    • Homeless feeding
    • Disaster relief