Ananda Marga

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Ananda Marga (Way of Happiness) is a holistic and spiritual philosophy and way of life and a society and organization based on it. It was founded in Bihar, India in 1955 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (1921-1990). His spiritual name is Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. The movement defines its mission as a service to individual emancipation through self-realization and to collective emancipation through the realization of all spiritual, physical and mental potentialities and they deny that they are a religion but are usually classified within the new religious movements originating in the Hinduism.[1] Tantra and Yoga is a important part.[2]

The 16 Points[change | change source]

  • Point 1 - After urination, wash the urinary organ with water
  • Point 2 - Males should either be circumcised or keep the foreskin pulled back at all times (Foreskin#Autocircumcision)
  • Point 3 - Never cut the hair of the joints of the body
  • Point 4 - Males should always use underwear
  • Point 5 - Do Half Bath as directed
  • Point 6 - Bathe according to the prescribed system
  • Point 7 - Take only sentient food
  • Point 8 - Observe fast as prescribed
  • Point 9 – Do Meditation regularly
  • Point 10 - Observe uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of the goal
  • Point 11 - Observe uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of the Ideology
  • Point 12 - Observe uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of the Supreme Command
  • Point 13 - Observe uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of the Conduct Rules
  • Point 14 - Always remember the contents of your oaths
  • Point 15 - Regular participation in the weekly collective meditation at the local house of spiritual awakening should be considered mandatory
  • Point 16 - Observe Conduct Rules, Seminar, Duty, Kiirtana (C.S.D.K.)

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