Areas of Focus
Ananda Seva Mission 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 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. To implement its work, Ananda Seva undertakes activity in the following program areas.
Neohumanism provides a universal value base for a unified, ecologically attuned society. Neohumanism views all life as interconnected and the expression of one unity of being. Ananda Seva affiliated individuals and centers encourage neohumanism in various spheres of social life and they model the practical implementation of a more neohumanistic and sustainable way of life.
Spirituality is the foundation of neohumanism; neohumanism arises out of a spiritual experience of life. Ananda Seva offers instruction in practices rooted in ancient yogic teachings that provide for the balanced development of body and mind while awakening direct experience of divinity. The activities through which Ananda Seva encourages spiritual life include: instruction in meditation and yoga by skilled teachers; regional and international spiritual retreats; and training programs for yoga and meditation teachers.
Neohumanism provides a value base for society. There is then need for a socioeconomic system that faithfully puts neohumanist values into practice in social life. Ananda Seva promotes such a new social paradigm, PROUT, which calls for economic decentralization, cooperative economics, guaranteed basic necessities, social equity, deep sustainability, ecological protection, and more.
Philosophy of Life
Many philosophical views promote dogma, which stifles a neohumanistic outlook. Neohumanism requires the support of a philosophy that promotes dynamism and the welfare of all. Ananda Seva is active in disseminating philosophical knowledge intended to assist with the expansive and equitable development both individual and society. We make available metaphysical teachings on the philosophical base for psycho-spiritual development. These teachings are given in a manner accessible to the modern mind. Ananda Seva also offers web-based courses on spiritual philosophy.
The social practice of neohumanism is sustained by the support of community. Ananda Seva encourages the development of communities that support people’s spiritual and practical lives and that bring people together to render service to the society. Our communities, where active, typically offer collective meditation, meditation and yoga classes, social service initiatives, uplifting social connections, marriage and other social ceremonies, and fun social activities.
It is in the spirit of neohumanism to bring forward the full potentialities of all people. Women’s development, while rapidly advancing, needs special attention in the spiritual sphere. Ananda Seva promotes the expression of feminine mysticism to help bring balance in society between women and men, to assist women in healing from wounds of abuse, and to strengthen women take active roles in social transformation.
Art for Humanity
Cultural expressions that come from the human heart has unique potential to elicit neohumanist sentiment in people, to evoke their experience of belonging to a common humanity and biosphere. Ananda Seva encourages writers and artists to apply their creative talents toward expression that unites humanity, awakens reverence for the natural world, and uplifts the human spirit.
The concept of Neohumansim embraces a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all life. Service to humanity is a core value of Neohumanism. In that spirit Ananda Seva Mission supports local and global service projects. Members of ASM initiate and participate in projects, large and small, including everything from clothing drives, work parties, and growing and harvesting vegetables for an Elder Care initiative, to disaster relief and livelihood projects for areas in need. ASM has had ongoing projects in Davao, Philippines since a super typhoon struck in 2013 causing widespread devastation. Donations to Ananda Seva enable us support various livelihood projects around the globe.The following nonprofits are past recipients of ASM annual donations: AMURT; AMURTEL; Community Supported Shelters; Occupy Medical
There is great need for science to be ethically guided by neohumanism and to develop in certain realms that will open new neohumanistic potentialities for humanity and to understand the science behind spiritual realities. Ananda Seva takes interest in the exploration of innovative scientific ideas, particularly in relation to developing sustainable magnetic resonance energy, advancing yogic healing therapies, and enhancing life through use of microvita — minute quanta of life.