Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism
|Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism|
The front cover page of the book[note 1]
|Author||Shrii Shrii Anandamurti|
|Subject||Philosophy, Yoga, Tantra|
|Publisher||Ananda Marga Publications|
|Publication date||1991 (IND)|
|Location in Sarkarverse|
Liberation of Intellect: Neo-humanism[note 2] is a book of 106 pages and 11 chapters published for the first time on 1982,[note 3] part of the vast literary heritage of the philosopher and social reformer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 4]
The book is a compilation of discourses on Neohumanism, the holistic philosophical theory elaborated by Sarkar and part of the philosophy of Ananda Marga, the socio-spiritual movement which he founded in 1955 (see also (Sarkar, 1987) and (Ānanda Mitra, 1986)). The volume, has been translated into several languages.[note 5]
Describing neohumanism, Sarkar redefines both "Humanity" and "Humanism", as well as various commonly associated concepts. In this philosophy universalism plays a central role. If humanism tends to only cover the human dimension in a human-centric view, neohumanism, according to Sarkar, is instead the elevation of humanism to universalism.
The book starts with the discourse "Devotional Sentiment and Neohumanism" (February 21, 1982, Kolkata. Chapter 1). Here Sarkar introduces the concepts of "Geosentiment" and "Sociosentiment" that he further develops in other talks contained in the same volume. In the book Sarkar explains the significance of other key-terms such as "Geoeconomic sentiment", "Georeligious sentiment", "Sentiments", "Istinct" "Rationality" ("Geo-Sentiment", 7 March 1982, Kolkata. Chapter 3) also endorsed by the Progressive Utilization Theory. Other concepts like "Internationalism", "Social progress", "Existential value" and "Utility value" are treated on other parts of the volume.
The volume ends with the discourse "Neohumanism Is the Ultimate Shelter" (March 29, 1982, Kolkata. Chapter 11) in wich Sarkar describes the tipology of people "who create distortions among humanity, by not allowing humanity to move towards Neohumanism" and the three stages on the path of Neohumanism: "spiritual cult", "spiritual essence" and "spirituality as a mission".
- "Liberation of Intellect: Neo-humanism" as it appears on the publisher's web site, Ananda Marga Publications, 1991, retrieved 27 December 2012
- In previous editions the book's title was "The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism".
- Sarkar first gave emphasis on the concept of neohumanism in 1981, with the series of speeches that were later published in this book. But he had already been using the term "Naya' Ma'navata'va'd" or "Navyama'navata'va'd" ("Neohumanism") for at least ten years prior to that.
- 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.
- The Spanish edition, the Italian edition, l'édition française, the Brasilian edition, the Russian edition-retrieved 1 January 2013.
- Ānanda Mitra Āc., Avt. (1986) Neo-humanist Education: Education for a New World Ananda Marga Publications
- Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii (1995-6th ed.) Ananada Marga Caryacarya, part 1 Ananda Marga Publications ISBN 81-7252-028-X
- Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii (1987-4th ed.) Ananada Marga Caryacarya, part 2 Ananda Marga Publications
- Sarkar, Prabhat Ranjan (1982) The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism Kolkata: Ananda Marga Publications ISBN 81-7252-168-5