The Four Stages of Human Progress

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The Four Stages of Human Progress
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 November 7
Time Morning
Place Kolkata, India
Topic Four steps toward perfection
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4
Location in Sarkarverse
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The Four Stages of Human Progress is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in Kolkata, India. The discourse was delivered on the morning of 1978 November7. This discourse is the fifteenth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4.[1]


By building a road one does not advance along the path of progress – one will have to move along the road. So humans must progress in the psychic realm. And in the process of movement, they will reach a stage when the mind becomes non-existent. It is the human mind which performs spiritual practice. Unless and until the mind reaches that final supreme point, human beings will remain imperfect.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that genuine progress is determined by the psychic and spiritual effort one makes on the path toward perfection. Anandamurti then explains the four stages of progress. In the first stage a person tries to make sincere efforts to attain the goal. In the second stage, determination helps one to attain some degree of control over propensities. In the third stage, one gains full control over one tendency. In the fourth and last stage, all propensities are brought under full control. At that point, it is vital to surrender the ego to Parama Purusa so as to avoid degeneration. Anandamurti goes on saying that this is how human beings advanced in the past and will advance in the future.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4 
Preceded by
Tantra Is Sádhaná, Sádhaná Is Tantra
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4
With: The Four Stages of Human Progress
Succeeded by
Ye Yathá Máḿ Prapadyante