ANANDA SEVA

uplifting human welfare through education, collective action, and spiritual community

UPCOMING EVENTS

PROUT’S SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONCEPTS

This is the third in a series of courses which cover the major aspects of PROUT’s comprehensive social theory. Past courses in this series have covered PROUT’s political system, its system of economic development, and its...

NEOHUMANISM AND PLANETARY TRANSFORMATION

This 4-part course focuses on the role of neohumanism as a guide for navigating the upheavals of planetary transformation we are currently living.    We will explore the full facets of neohumanism as an integral view of...

PROUT DESIGN SEMINAR

Past PROUT courses offered by Transformation Education sought to educate people in this visionary social philosophy. This course begins to prepare those who desire a working knowledge of putting PROUT into practice. PROUT...

The Practice of Neohumanism

Neohumanism provides an outlook for a life affirming society and for securing the rights of nature. But its promise requires individuals who are embodiments of the neohumanist ideal. This class introduces the five-part...

Summer Retreat

Join us for our first in-person retreat in a year and a half! We are excited to come together again with our community for an uplifting and inspiring event. The retreat will include: daily meditations programs and...

Heartspace Meditation

Join Chris Simmonds every week for a 40 minute class of mindfulness, gentle movement, and guided meditation to discover your unbounded self. Calm your mind, become centered and move into a space of compassion for yourself...

Role of the Arts in the Liberation of Humanity

Join noted musician Dr. Genevieve Mason in a class that will explore ways that art, music and literature can become a path to liberation for humanity. Based on P. R. Sarkar’s discourses on the role of the arts. After...

Transformation Training

August 06th-14th, 2021 | At the Dharmalaya Center, Eugene, Oregon Transform yourself. Transform society. Transform yourself. Transform society. August 06-14th, 2021 At the Dharmalaya Center, Eugene, OregonA training for...

Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation Teacher Training What are Meditation Teachers?   Meditation teachers are spiritual teachers and guides. They are grounded in spiritual and social philosophy as given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti so that they...

Twice Daily Spiritual Practice

  Join us for twice daily for invigorating yogic dance (kaoshikii), devotional songs (kiirtan) and silent meditation. Stay on after the morning meditation for “daily check-in” for a chance to give and receive support...

OUR MISSION

Ananda Seva works in the spirit of neohumanism to disseminate, promote, and implement the ideals and philoso­phy that can bring the upliftment of human beings, the betterment of society, and the welfare of all living beings.

The main sources of inspiration for Ananda Seva’s works are the teachings of P.R. Sarkar and his perennial ideal of dharma. Dharma is the deep nature of human beings to awaken their spiritual awareness of their higher self through service, wisdom, and devotion to cosmic consciousness. P.R. Sarkar is a contemporary renaissance teacher who gave visionary ideas and practical approaches to quicken the liberation of human beings and the welfare of society.

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Creating a Positive Psychic Force

Perhaps you have had the experience that, if you go to the Oregon coast, you feel a strong presence of life energy there. The environment is fresh with prana. And if you were to go to places in central Oregon, you would not have that [same] feeling. The ground is kind of flat, rocky, sandy, a few sage brushes here and there, the occasional rattlesnake. There just isn’t the...

Glimpse the Unitary Consciousness

Good morning, everyone. Yesterday, there was a program that we have had going at Ananda Seva for some time, but it took a fresh approach. The topic was neohumanism, and neohumanism in everyday life. At the end of the program, a community member asked a very provocative question: how do you talk about neohumanism with someone who has not had a deep experience of the unitary...

Let Us Move Together

  One of the harsher places to live is in the vast steppes of south-central Russia. The winters are long, and the frigid winds blow across the open ground. Very harsh conditions exist, and there, amidst those conditions, a culture arose many thousands of years ago that we know now as the Vedic culture. And perhaps due to the harshness of conditions, these people became a...

Ending Exploitation, War, and Poverty

A few days ago, Anandam came by and picked up a few of these cards that Madhu has printed on the practice of neohumanism. He wanted to bring them to a house concert that he and Kirana would be giving, and I would like to say something about the significance of these points.   A couple of years ago, a few of us were involved in some supporting and consulting work in Denmark....

Isolation and Connection

A couple hundred years ago, the central valley of California was lush with life. It would be hard to find another place on the planet that was so teeming with life. It was a beautiful place to settle and thrive. The gold rush of the 1850s in California drew a lot of attention to the central valley, and there was a wave of migration. Migration prior to this had gone into the...

Spiritual Intention

Welcome! We are in the fourth day of our Transformational Training. When I was asked to say something towards the end of Dharmachakra today, initially, I had hesitation. Then, a flood of ideas and thoughts came in, mainly because this has been a very rich experience. And as my mind settled in, a couple of thoughts came to mind. The first was to have a little fun. And the...

Struggle is the Essence of Life

Around the full moon in May 1959, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti famously said that “struggle is the essence of life.” He did not say this to glorify struggle, or just to give a positive spin on the challenges of life. Rather, was a statement made to provide a clear understanding about the role of struggle in human life.   The nature of life involves evolution. And from a spiritual...

Black Elk and Neohumanism

Some of you may have read the book “When Black Elk Speaks.” It is a book that contains the transcriptions of conversations between anthropologist Joseph Meade with the great Sioux shaman Black Elk in the late 1930s. The book was one of the many influences on the emergence of new consciousness that came with the baby boomer generation. It gave many a deeper appreciation for...

Be Great

  I recently wrote to a friend that I haven’t been in touch with for many years, though I had once been quite close with him and we [were] colleagues together, taking up some form of idealistic work. He wrote back right away, and in his greeting, said “Namaskar Ravi – Great man!” We used to have an environment of work that was very supportive and encouraging, and we...

Health for Humanity

  About a thousand years ago, a new approach to yoga was developed. This person, a yogi, whose name is mostly associated with it is Matsyendra. This name may be familiar to some of you because his name was used for naming a very famous yoga posture, matsyendrasana, a spinal twist. He was apparently the inventor of it. Matsyendra was a part of a group of people whose...

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The ideas that represent the past — the ideas of greed-based capitalism — are becoming harder to sustain while the strength and unity of people involved in an emerging progressive awareness is growing strong. The very existence of these transformative ideas is the expression of a freeing of consciousness and the dwindling down on what was.

As the grip of the past gives way there is shift, there is change. But the capitalist era does not give way without resistance. So, there must be a struggle for change. There is opportunity for the new, but this occurs within the struggle for a new social ideal. The forces of evolution are supporting change. But we are the ones who must make the effort. This evolution is built on the work of people.

As social change grows it will move beyond those who are stuck in negativity to people who are positive and action-oriented. The situation is changing. It is time to take an approach of empowerment, of fundamental change, of practical solutions. There are many who are restless. They see the problems; they see the difficulties; they see the collision course ahead. But they don’t know what to do. They need solution-based ideas. The more solution-based ideas are there, the more these ideas can be implemented, the less severe, the less devastating, will be the process of change. There is a pull that draws humanity toward a new phase, a new era. It is a time to be dynamically active.

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