Ananda Vacanamrtam

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Ananda Vacanamrtam
(Parts 1 to 34)
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"Ananda Vacanamrtam": the front covers of Parts 1 and 34[note 1][note 2]
Author Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Language English
Subject Philosophy
Publisher Ananda Marga Publications
Publication date 1978 (first edition) (IND)
Media type print
Location in Sarkarverse
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Ananda Vacanamrtam ("Blissful Discourses") is a series of 34 books, part of the vast literary heritage of the author, that assembles all the known General Darshan (GD) discourses[note 3] given by the philosopher and social reformer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 4] These kind of discourses are generally briefer than those given during the more formal occasion of the Dharma Maha Chakra (DMC)[note 5] which are collected on the Subhasita Samgraha series of books.


The range of topics encompass the sphere of spirituality and intuitional science. This series of books was begun in 1978 with "Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1" starting with the discourse "The Secret behind Colours"[1] given by the author on August 5, 1978 in Patna (India). This discourse was followed from the General Darshan speeches that the author gave over the subsequent six years. Starting with Part 23, the series has included General Darshan speeches given before 1978.

In the fourth discourse of Part 34,[2] Anandamurti explains how the mind expands due to Tantra sadhana, intending this sadhana as a fundamental fight between the spiritual force and the debasing material force. Here the author also considers Tantra as a "cult", defining "cult" as a subjective approach towards the "Supreme Subject". In this process, tantrics have necessarily to face themselves with the worldly things, i.e. the world of objectivities. It's therefore necessary for a spiritualist to adopt what the author calls a "subjective approach and objective adjustment". Marcus Bussey[note 6] quotes Anandamurti's concept.[3] Speaking about the Heidegger's concept of "Dasein,[note 7] of the cultural condition as opposed to the individual one, that Bussey considers as very interesting from the point of view of futurists research, to better understand social change and its link with personal transformation.[note 8]

The series ends with Discourse 22, "The Best Mental Engagement", given by the author on May 28, 1988 in Anandanagar (Indian state of West Bengal). It is a short discourse in which Anandamurti explains the spiritual meaning of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's shloka:

Trńádapi suniicena taroriva sahiśńuná;
Amániinaḿ mánadena kiirtaniyah sadá Harih.

(You must be more humble than the grass and as tolerant as the trees. You must give respect to those whom no one respects, and always do kiirtana to the Lord.)



  1. ^ "Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1 as it appears on the publisher's site" Ananda Marga Publication retrieved 23 December 2012 
  2. ^ "Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34 as it appears on the publisher's site" Ananda Marga Publication retrieved 23 December 2012 
  3. ^ General Darshans were speeches regularly helded by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti and dedicated to the Ananda Marga's members.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ A spiritual ceremony where the disciples meditate in the presence of the Master and He holds an important spiritual discourse and performs a special Mudra named Varabaja Mudra.
  6. ^ University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
  7. ^ i.e. the Heidegger's existential philosophy concept of "Dasein"=German: da - here; sein - being.
  8. ^ The scholar asks himself: "if we switch civilisational lens, when looking at the Tantric social philosophy of P.R. Sarkar, can we engage his understanding of subjective approach through objective adjustment with the "Dasein" that is simultaneously active and passive and able to sustain the paradox of such a condition?