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Ananda Seva Books

Ananda Seva Spiritual Practices

Ananda Seva Mission utilizes the large group of spiritual practices put forth by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. It draws from tantric and vedic practices, and follows the eight fold path of Astanga Yoga. This book gives a broad overview of these practices that can be beneficial for both the beginner and the more advanced practitioner.

$8.50

Neohumanism: A Value Base for Society

PROUT is based on an an expanded conception of humanism called “neohumanism”, which derives its inspiration from an awareness of the interwoven and interdependent nature of all life and all being. When we accept that our destiny is intertwined with that of all people and of the biosphere, it becomes impossible to identify narrowly with group interests – whether they may be of a regional community, an ethnic group, a nationality, a religious group, or a race. Instead, an outlook arises in which the inherent value of all people is recognized and there is concern for the well-being of all people. And as humanity’s existence is also intertwined with planetary life as a whole, neohumanism does not limit its scope to the welfare of human beings but also recognizes the existential rights and welfare of all living beings. Neohumanism provides the only viable value base for the planetarization of human culture and for a sustainable approach to development.

This booklet is a deep yet very readable introduction to the fundamentals of neohumanism.

Excerpt:
“Neohumanism proposes universal values that are based on a comprehensive understanding of the unitary existence, of the unitary basis of all life. It presupposes that universalism is taken as the banner of the society, and not any fractionalized identity with any particular grouping, be it a national grouping, social grouping, or family grouping. Though one may have one’s family, one’s region, one’s town and feel identified with these, though one may have one’s area of work and feel identified with this, still underneath these there must be a more expansive identity which human beings establish for themselves collectively. That identity should be the universal nature of their own existence, the fundamental unity of all life. And in that identity comes the premise that all life is sacred, that all beings are parts of this integrated whole, and that, as such, the dignity and welfare of all must be preserved.”

$8

PROUT: A Solution-Oriented Paradigm of Development
An Introduction to the Socioeconomic Theory of P. R. Sarkar 
By Ravi Logan

PROUT: A Solution-Oriented Paradigm of Development, gives the first in-depth and systematic introduction to PROUT, the visionary socioeconomic theory of P.R. Sarkar. PROUT offers a constructive response – based on economic decentralism, ecological and cultural sustainability, and spiritual values – to growing global demand for a viable alternative to economic globalism, unsustainable development, economic disparity, and destruction of the global commons. It seeks to nurture the holistic development of a liberated, united society in which all individuals can fully develop and express their potentials. PROUT shares many of the program objectives of green, deep ecology, natural capitalism, and other progressive social philosophies, but is more comprehensive in scope and more firmly grounded in spiritual-humanist values.

PROUT: A Solution-Oriented Paradigm of Development makes available for the first time an accessible and comprehensive exposition of Sarkar’s powerful socioeconomic theory. The book’s content is well-organized, and its writing clear and accessible. Major topics covered include PROUT’s value base (neohumanism), it fundamental design principles, theory of history, social/cultural concepts, political system, economic system, ecological philosophy, future vision, and methodology for change. The book is just over 600 pages in length and published in quality paperback edition. 619 pages

Excerpts:
Introduction: The Rise of Spiritual-Centered Social Philosophy
Neohumanism: Humanism Expanded
Building a New Society: Beyond Dogma
By Ronald (Ravi) Logan, the author/editor, is an internationally recognized authority on PROUT and an Associate Director of the Prout Institute.

$27

The Fundamental Principles of Prout

The Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT) offers an alternative to the current political ideologies which are imbalancing social, economic and ecological life. Prout seeks to promote development in all spheres of life while maintaining harmonious balance. To achieve this end, PROUT puts forward a set of fundamental design principles to guide social policy.

This booklet gives an insightful and accessible introductory exposition of the fundamental design principles of PROUT.

Excerpt:
“Humanitarian love, a reverence for all living beings, and a deep respect for the uniqueness of each person and of each being – these are the foundations, the cornerstones, of a universal human society. Such a society will have as its goal the promotion of the welfare of all of its members in all spheres, the full development of human potential and the promotion of universalism. As the result, human society will become one world family, and there will be full appreciation of the diversity and cultural uniqueness of all of the different regions and cultural backgrounds without the need of one group to diminish or exploit another in order to maintain its dignity. When human beings build a society based upon these values which will allow the full development of its members, then they may claim they have a truly human society, not merely a gathering of individuals all striving to achieve their individual ends at any cost. The Progressive Utilization Theory is given as a method for developing this true human society.”

$8

Yama and Niyama: Moral Foundations for Spiritual Life

Yama and niyama are yogic precepts to guide our actions in the world, intended to assist in spiritual development. Yama consists of actions to avoid and niyama consists of observations which aid development. These principles were first codified by Patainjali over 2000 years ago.

This text explains the inner intent of each principal and clarifies the relevance of the practice of yama and niyama. Through these writings, one comes to understand the underlying inter-relatedness of each of these principals and how they build upon each other to form a deep and compassionate way of being in the world. This discussion of right action is universal and knowledge useful to spiritual life can be gained by all readers.

Excerpt:
” The yogic disciplines of yama and niyama are very important in the life of a spiritual aspirant. They must be practiced if one is to attain sweet and subtle states of consciousness. Otherwise the mind is not prepared for these subtle influences of supreme love. The mind is rough like rough sand paper. It cannot appreciate the smoothness of the divine flow and, due to this roughness, that flow goes unnoticed. If one wants to be able to perceive this divine flow, to practice the disciplines of yama and niyama, the dos and don’ts of yogic life, is essential. For these do and don’ts of yogic life are the very substance of your spiritual practice. They are the base. Without them the other practices are impossible.”

$8

Yoga Psychology: Kundalini and Subtle Body Theory

This book discusses in depth the yogic theory of the subtle body, including kundalinii, giving insight into the interface of mind and body and explaining how the mind comes into and finds expression through the physical body. These aspects of yogic psychology have particular importance to understanding the scientific basis for the transformation of consciousness through spiritual practice.

$8.50

Dada Nabhaniilananda
Author of “Close Your Eyes & Open Your Mind-An Introduction to Spiritual Meditation”

Wavy Gravy
Clown (Saint Misbehavin)

“God is Cool, and that’s good for Global Warming!”

Swami Beyondananda
Comic writer, Entertainer

$11

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