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Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (P.R. Sarkar)


Ananda Marga

Path of Bliss, Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha, Master Unit program

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (b. Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar) (1921-1990)

Ananda Marga is led by senior members, all of them dedicated monks and nuns. There is no one central headquarters.

India (1955)

The group’s administration is divided into nine global sectors.

Ananda Marga University; additionally, the group claims to operate 1,200 schools worldwide via Ánanda Márga Gurukula

include Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT), Renaissance Universal (RU), Renaissance Artists and Writers Association (RAWA), Ananda Marga Gurukula, Neohumanist Education (NHE), Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Plants (PCAP), Progressive Women’s Spiritual Association (PWSA), Ananda Marga Association of Yoga Educators (AMAYE)

include A Guide to Human Conduct, Ananda Marga Elementary Philosophy, Ananda Marga Dictionary

Ananda Marga promotes a classical form of Hindu tantric yoga; devotees may meditate up to 6-8 hours per day. The movement also promotes a philosophy called "PROUT" (Progressive Utilization Theory), which attempts to integrate all human activities.

Ananda Marga has at times used extreme violence to advance its causes. From 1975-77 Ananda Marga was banned by the Indian government. Over 400 of its schools in India were closed down, and several members were imprisoned (including Sarkar, who was held in prison from 1971 to 1978, accused of conspiring to murder several former members of the organization). A worldwide campaign of protest and intimidation was then undertaken, and three followers were found guilty of trying to murder the Indian High Commissioner in London in 1978. Ananda Marga adherents, called "Margiis," are considered very dedicated, disciplined, and occasionally dangerous.

Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

The movement claims a following "in more than 130 countries"

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