Idea and Ideology

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Idea and Ideology
Idea and Ideology book cover.jpg
"Idea and Ideology": the front cover[note 1]
Author Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
Language English
Subject Philosophy
Publisher Ananda Marga Publications[1]
Publication date 1978 fifth edition (IND)
Media type print
Pages 112
ISBN 81–7252–001–8
Location in Sarkarverse
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Idea and Ideology is a book published for the first time June 5, 1959, in Jamalpur (India) and it's part of the vast literary heritage of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 2]

The book, dedicated "to the sacred memory of Pandit Ram Chandra Jha",[2] is a collection of speeches and consists of 112 pages. It delves into the concept of creation, mind evolution and formation of Ideas and concludes by using the spiritual vantage that has been gained to focus on the social problems of the earth. The author classified "Idea and Ideology",[note 3] as the darshana shástra, or the philosophical treatise of the socio-spiritual organization Ananda Marga which he founded in 1955. The volume has been translated into several languages.[3]

The Cosmic Brotherhood

"Spirituality is not a utopian ideal but a practical philosophy which can be practised and realized in day-to-day life, however mundane it be. Spirituality stands for evolution and elevation [...]. That which leads to broadness of unison alone should be accepted. Spiritual philosophy does not recognize any distinctions and differentiations unnaturally made between one human being and another, and stands for universal fraternity. In the present environment many fissiparous tendencies are working to divide humanity into mutually-belligerent groups [...]. The approach of spirituality should be psychological and rational, and should offer a touching appeal to the deepest psychic sentiments of human beings. Human beings should appreciate by a rational analysis their relationship with the Cosmic Entity [...].

Spirituality should lead human beings to the one Cosmic truth from which they have derived their selves, and which is the ultimate destiny [..]. There will also be many zonal or regional differences as regards other traditions and customs. These should be appreciated and encouraged for the indigenous development of society. But under no circumstances should there be a compromise in principle or yielding to tendencies detrimental to the inculcation of Cosmic sentiment [...]. In the relative objective sphere the following few fundamental problems must be attempted at [tackled] and solved. These are: 1.Common philosophy of life 2.Same constitutional structure 3.Common penal code 4.Availability (production, supply, purchasing capacity) of the minimum essentialities of life"

"The Cosmic Brotherhood", P. R. Sarkar´s discourse (Jamalpur 5 June 1959) published on "Idea and Ideology", 1978.[4]


The book starts with the exposition of the Saiṋcara (i.e. the centrifugal activity of the Macrocosmic Nucleus) and the Pratisaiṋcara phase in the "Cosmic Cycle", that is also described by the author in sutras 1-5 (Pravrttimukhii saincarah guńadháráyám) and 1-6 (Nivrttimukhii pratisaincarah guńávakśayeńa) of his book Ananda Sutram.[5] Here Sarkar explains the formation and dilatation of unit mind until its complete immersion with Puruśottama (Macrocosmic Nucleus).

On the final chapter of the book, the five fundamentals principles of PROUT are published for the first time.[6]

The volume is composed of eleven chapters each of which corresponds with a specific speech given by the author:

Publisher's Note
  1. Saiṋcara and Práńáh
  2. Pratisaiṋcara and Manah
  3. Bhútatattva, Tanmátratattva and Indriyatattva
  4. Mind, Práńendriya and Vrtti
  5. Kośa
  6. Átman, Paramátman and Sádhaná
  7. Life, Death and Saḿskára
  8. The Creation of the Universe
  9. Psycho-Spiritual Parallelism
  10. The Place of Sadvipras in the Samája Cakra
  11. The Cosmic Brotherhood



  1. ^ The cover page as it appears on the publisher's web site
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Together with Ananda Sutram



  • Ānanda Mitra, Avadhūtika (1981), The Spiritual Philosophy of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti: a Commentary on Ananda Sutram, DenverColorado: Ananda Marga Publications, ISBN 81-7252-154-5 
  • Ghista, Garda (2011), Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. Beacon of Hope for Suffering Humanity, Bloomington: AuthorHouse, ISBN 1456715313 
  • Sarkar, Prabhat Ranjan (1978-5th edit.), Idea and Ideology, Kolkata: Ananda Marga-Ananda Printers, ISBN 81-7252-001-8 
  • Ananda Marga Publications (2012) "Ananda Marga Publications web site" Ananda Marga Publications retrieved 3 January 2013 
  • Idea and Ideology (2012) "The Brasilian edition" Ananda Marga Publications retrieved 1 January 2013