Shabda Cayanika

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Shabda Cayanika (Parts 1 to 5)
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"Shabda Cayanika": the front covers of Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4-5[1]
Author Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
Language English
Subject Philology and Philosophy
Publisher Ananda Marga Publications
Publication date 1996 (first edition) (IND)
Media type print
ISBN Part 1: 81–7252–027–1
Part 2: 81–7252–102–2
Part 3: 81–7252–156–1
Part 4 & 5: 81–7252–258–4
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Shabda Cayanika ("A Collection of Words") is a series of books in the form of an etymological encyclopedia that assembles a vast number of discourses given in his native Bengali language by the philosopher and social reformer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar[note 1] aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 2] The total number of volumes of the collection is twenty-six but only five have been published in English.[note 3] This series, together with other volumes like "Varna Vijinana" (or "Science of Letters"), "Sarkar's English Grammar and Composition", "Varna Vicitra (or "Various Uses of Letters") is part of the vast work of the author in the field of philology (see Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias in[2]

Human segregation

"In the varnáshrama (caste) system, women and Shúdras as groups were segregated. That was a dark chapter in human history indeed. Human beings conspired against their fellow humans to deprive them of their legitimate human rights. It can be said that the seeds of exploitation, imperialism and colonialism were sown at that time. "

"Discourse 10" of Shabda Cayanika Part 2[3] as quoted in "Prout Globe"
Economic depressions

"In the economic sphere, you must know that two factors are very important. The first is that money will have to be kept in circulation. It must be understood that the more the purchasing capacity of money is not utilized or money is kept stagnant, the more the economic stratum is damaged. The second is that money, and indirectly its interest, can bring about disparities in wealth if it loses its ability to be the unit of economic equilibrium and stability. If these two fundamental factors of economics are even partially forgotten, a worldwide economic depression will result..."

Shabda Cayanika Part 15[4] as quoted in "Prout Globe"


Since 1985 the author began to give the speeches that were later transcribed and called Shabda Cayanika. As stated by the publisher on the book's preface:[5] "Ostensibly, Shabda Cayaniká is a series devoted to the linguistics and philology of the Bengali language, but in reality it is much more than that. The author uses the platform of the word as a point of departure to take the reader on a journey through all the varied landscapes of human knowledge history, geography, medicine, science, art, religion, philosophy, etc. and in the process adds the indelible stamp of his own unique intellect, enriching our experience with new ideas and enabling us to see our human heritage in a way we have never been able to before."

In various parts of the series the author talks about economy (see, for example, Prout Globe[6]) and social problems emphasizing the irrationality of many anti-social behaviour perpetrated by men in the name of God (see f.e. Prout Globe[6][7]). The Microvita researcher Ram Shettigar, speaking about Devayonii Microvita[8] in his article quote this book.



  1. ^ Giani Zail Singh, seventh president of India has said about Sarkar: "Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar was one of the greatest modern philosophers of India. (Inayatullah, 2002).
  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. ^ The collection was initially published in Bengali on 1985.