Neohumanism in a Nutshell

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Neohumanism in a Nutshell is a series of 2 books (a third volume has not yet been printed) published for the first time on 1987 and part of the vast literary heritage of the philosopher and social reformer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 3]

Neohumanism in a Nutshell
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"Neohumanism in a Nutshell": the front covers of Parts 1 and 2[note 1][note 2]
Author Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
Language English
Subject Philosophy
Publisher Ananda Marga Publications
Publication date 1999 (1987) (IND)
Media type print
ISBN 81-7252-184-7
Location in Sarkarverse
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Human beings led by self-interest have been neglecting ecology at every step. We should remember that the sky and air, the hills and mountains, the rivers and forests, the wild animals and reptiles, the birds and fishes and all sorts of aquatic creatures and plants are all inseparably related to one another. Human beings are an integral part of that vast common society. No one can survive to the exclusion of others, not even human beings. If they continue to destroy forests, kill wild animals and exterminate fishes and birds foolishly, it won’t serve any of their purposes. Whoever comes onto this world goes. One only survives on this earth for a limited period as stipulated by nature. Due to the foolishness of human beings many creatures and objects will not survive the period fixed for them by nature. Prior to their stipulated period of longevity they will be swallowed up by eternity. Human beings due to their utmost folly have annihilated numerous objects and thus prepared their own funeral pyre. Such folly on the part of human beings is unbearable. Human beings must be cautious from now on. They must restructure their thoughts, plans and activities in accordance with the dictates of ecology. There is no alternative.

P. R. Sarkar:[1] presentation's epigram at the Faculty of Ecology of AMG.[note 4]


The series contain discourses on "Neohumanism" given on various occasions by the author of this philosophical theory. Sarkar first gave emphasis on the concept of neohumanism in 1981, with the series of speeches that were later published in the book Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism (or also "The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism"). Nevertheless he had already been using the term "Neohumanism" (Naya' Ma'navata'va'd or Navyama'navata'va'd) for at least ten years prior to that. After the publication of the previous book, when the author was still alive, various other of his discourses on this subject were collected. The first two parts of that series were published in English on 1987 with the name of "Neohumanism in a Nutshell" Part 1 and Part 2. The books have been published in Hindi[note 5] and translated into other languages ​​too.

The Part 1,[2] contains 90 pages and 19 chapters plus a publisher's note and a glossary. The Part 2,[1] contains 62 pages and 16 chapters.

  • Marcus Bussey[note 6][3] on his published paper on "Global Education from a Neohumanist Perspective" and on his thesis "Where next for pedagogy?"[4] mentioned the Part 1 of the book.
  • Shambhushivananda, speaking about the two human dimensions of "inner ecology" and "outer ecology" from a neohumanist perspective, in his essay "Roots of Societal Transformation",[5] also quote the book underlining the attempts made by the Sarkar's neohumanists concepts "to reconcile inner and outer; individual and collective; tradition and modernity; rational and intuitive; material and mystical; local and global; living and non-living; and pragmatism and idealism".
  • Brim and Anandarama mention eight times[6] the different parts of "Neohumanism in a Nutshell"'s volumes on their book "Foundations of Neohumanist Education". This book is used by the teachers of the neohumanistic school around the world.



  1. ^ "Neohumanism in a Nutshell Part 1 on the publisher's site" Ananda Marga Publications 1999 retrieved 2012-12-23 
  2. ^ "Neohumanism in a Nutshell Part 2 on the publisher's site" Ananda Marga Publications 1987 retrieved 2012-12-23 
  3. ^ Between 1955 and 1990 the author wrote in English, Bengali and Hindi. He wrote in the name "Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar" when treating sociology, economics, philology and various other subjects, and in the name ""Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti"" when focusing on spiritual topics. Many of his books he gave as dictations; others were compiled from his discourses, some of them in small pocket-books.
  4. ^ Ananda Marga Gurukula is an international educational network of over 1200 schools and institutes based on Neohumanist Education. See (Inayatullah, Bussey and Milojević, 2006 p. 370).
  5. ^ Hindi version Kanika Mein Navya Manvatawad
  6. ^ University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.